Staged by students from the Department of Performing Arts, the play “Dr. Korczak’s Example” had its Bilkent premiere last week in a Turkish translation. Additional performances will take place on February 10, 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. in the FMPA Chamber Theater.
The play, by Scottish playwright and director David Greig, tells the story of Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Polish educator and children’s author.
In the years before World War II, he ran a radical orphanage in Warsaw that experimented with the
principle of respecting children’s natural rights.
During the war, his orphanage moved to the Jewish ghetto. Korczak resisted the Nazis and tried to continue the pursuit of his principles until, in the end, he and all of the children were taken to Treblinka and killed. In the play, Korczak’s diaries are counterpointed with the fictional tale of Adzio and Stephanie, two of Korczak’s orphans who try to violently resist the Germans.
“Dr. Korczak’s Example,” in one act, is being performed each Wednesday this month. The Turkish translation of the English original is by Şaziye Dağyapan; cast and crew members are students in the Department of Performing Arts. The play, which runs for an hour and 20 minutes, is recommended for audiences over 13 years of age.
Dr. Korczak’s Example
Director: Zeynep Ekin Öner
Assistant Director: Gülçin Kültür Şahin
Cast: Emrullah Çakay, Alper Çankaya, Efe Çetinel, Faysal Can Dakni, Elif Kaman, Barkın Kenan, Gülçin Kültür Şahin, Pelin Şahin, Berkay Şekerci
Lighting Design: Yılmaz Ertekin
Statue/Poster Design: Mobileo Mobilei
Technical crew: Beril Pozam, Yağmur Uzunoğlu, Gülçin Kültür Şahin, Turgay Korkmaz
Offstage: Adnan Atalan
Telephone: (312) 290 1775