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Yunus Emre Kültür Merkezi Turhan Tuzcu Sahnesi
16 November Thursday 20:30
17 November Friday 20:30
25 November Saturday 18:00
26 November Sunday 18:00

Written by: Ceren Ercan Directed by: Yelda Baskın Set & Light Design: Cem Yılmazer Music Design: Okan Kaya Movement Arrangement: Melih Kıraç Costume Design: Selin Ölçen Dramaturgy: Ceren Ercan Assistants: Ercan Koçak, Emre Sırımsı Performers: Alican Yücesoy, Defne Şener Günay, İrem Sultan Cengiz, Emre Koç, Damla Karaelmas Gökhan

Turkish with English surtitles.

Five people cross paths at a launderette in the heart of Istanbul. A realistic and ironic atmosphere hangs over this place where we get a sense of the hazy political climate of Turkey and the mood of the land. Written by Ceren Ercan, I Love You Turkey is a play about the struggle to love this country today. Directed by Yelda Baskın, the characters take on a journey about the possibility of saying “I am here and I am Turkey, too!”

Lasts app. 90’; no intermission.

BBT-BAKIRKOY MUNICIPALITY THEATRES Operating in a faithfully restored historic building, BBT is one of the few funded theatres in Turkey. Under the direction of Alican Yücesoy, who became the youngest general art director of Turkey when he was elected in 2015, the company produced many international co-productions and was instrumental in introducing contemporary plays into Turkish. Noted for its progressive art policy, BBT brought contemporary adaptations of native plays to the stage as well as providing a platform for young directors and writers from Turkey. BBT opened the 2016-17 season with Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors directed by Tim Supple and staged The Ridiculous Darkness directed by Nurkan Erpulat at Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin and Theater an der Ruhr. The company received many awards and won “Best Production” at one of Turkey’s most prestigious theatre awards Afife Theatre Awards two years in a row.

DIRECTOR Between 2001-2004 appearing in Chaos, The Maids, Sonra and Terk. She was nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Production” awards at 2011 Theatre Magazine Awards for Medeni Hali: Kadın which she directed at BBT. In 2013, she directed her own play D Blok D:7 at OYUNHAVASI theatre company. She received several awards for Köşe Bucak Istanbul, which she directed, and The Maids (2015) and The Ridiculous Darkness (2016) in which she was featured. She worked as a writer and actor in Çirkin Insan Yavrusu (2007) and Aptal, Sıradan ve Suçlu (2010) at oyun deposu theatre collective which she is a founding member of. With Çirkin Insan Yavrusu (published in German in the June 2010 issue of Theaterheute) she took the stage at Culturescapes (Bern, Zürich, Basel) in 2008, at Theatre Hebbel Am Ufer and Beyond Belonging -a Ballhaus event-(Berlin) in 2009, at Wiener Festwochen (Viyana), New Plays from Europe (Wiesbaden), Festival Premières (Strasbourg), and Theater an der Ruhr (Mülheim) in 2010; with Aptal, Sıradan ve Suçlu at Heidelberger Stückemarkt (Heidelberg) and Volks Theater (Vienna) in 2011; and with Tatyana at the19th İstanbul Tiyatro Festival in 2014. She continues to work as an actor and director and is currently the stage director and assistant to the general manager at BBT.

Tickets 50 TL | Student 10 TL