The Bilkent Theater’s new play, “Lady With a Lapdog, With Jokes and A Happy Ending,” premiered on Friday, April 24. In the production, acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago has brought to life the short stories of Anton Chekhov, with a cast of second- and third-year students of the Department of Performing Arts.
Centered around the story of the “Lady With a Lapdog,” the show also includes elements from many other
beloved tales, among them “The Fish,” “A Daughter of Albion,” “The Chorus Girl,” “A Joke,” “The Death of a Government Clerk” and “Confession.”
Mr. Burago, born in St. Petersburg and trained at the legendary Moscow Academy of Theater Arts, brings an authentic voice to the staging of these classic stories. He currently resides in New York City and is the founder and artistic director of the Russian Arts Theater and Studio there. Other members of the creative team for this production are Di Zhu (assistant director), Yılmaz Ertekin (lighting design) and Burcu Egel Aydınalp (set design).
For those who missed the premiere, additional performances of “Lady With a Lapdog” are scheduled for the next four Thursdays (April 30; May 7, 14 and 21) at 6 p.m. in the Chamber Theater in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Building. The production is in English.
Join Chekhov’s colorful characters as they fumble through love, loss and the beautiful absurdity of life. Tickets for the play are available for general sale for 10 TL at MyBilet. Bus service to Tunus will depart from in front of the FMPA building following the end of each performance.
For more information, please see bilkenttiyatro.com or call the department at ext. 1620.
Cast: Hakan Coşar, Kıvanç Değirmenci, İpek Erim, Ecesu Sevindik, Emrullah Çakay, Efe Çetinel, Alper Çankaya, Faysal Dakni, Elif Kaman, Barkın Kenan, Gülçin Kültür, Pelin Şahin, Berkay Şekerci