Solum
and Other Plays from Turkey

Translated by Serap Erincin, Mark Ventura

Edited by Serap Erincin


 

6 x 7.5 inches, 278pp, 35 photographs October 2011

ISBN : 9780857420015


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Solum and Other Plays from Turkey, an anthology of six contemporary plays written by established playwrights and theatre-creators from Turkey, captures global themes such as questions of identity, poverty, class conflict, oppression and displacement while shedding light on current matters in a country recovering from military coups and still seeking to establish democracy and human rights, literally at the border between the West and the East.

 

This anthology offers a comprehensive introduction that explores the social, historical and political issues in Turkey that provide the context to these plays, and analyses their diverse aesthetic, stylistic and artistic qualities. Murathan Mungan’s As on the Page utilizes traditional performance techniques of Asia Minor to reveal subtle cultural details about Eastern Turkey. Tuncer CücenoÄŸlu’s Avalanche focuses on events in a village where people who live under fear and oppression take extreme measures to prevent an avalanche, the threat of which is present nine months of the year. In Å┼żahika Tekand’s Eurydice’s Cry, an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, Antigone’s revolt against oppression and violation of human rights unifies all against Creon. Ozen Yula’s For Rent tells the violent stories of outcast characters who have nothing to lose. Emre KoyuncuoÄŸlu tackles issues of displacement and concepts of home and homeland in Home Sweet Home, and Mustafa Kaplan’s Solum deals with questions of home and identity through physical research on the body.

 

 


 


Serap Erincin is a director, performer and writer who is currently pursuing a PhD in performance studies at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Mark Ventura

Theatre And Performance Studies
Politics
In Performance
Culture Studies