Last week, a new production staged by Department of Performing Arts (THEA) students opened at the Bilkent Theater Hall in the FMPA building. “Japon Kuklası,” a Turkish translation of Italian playwright Dario Fo’s “Il Pupazzo Giapponese” (The Japanese Puppet; 1967), is being presented each Wednesday through November 22.
The short play is a farcical yet searing look at the relationship between factory workers and management. Armida, a naïve worker who has spent time in a mental institution due to the tranquillizers she was forced to take to cope with the pressures of work on the production line, is egged on by fellow workers to take brutal revenge on her paralyzed boss, whom she believes to be an inanimate “pinhall dummy.”
A junior-year project for THEA students, the Bilkent production is directed by İlham Yazar, with lighting design by Yılmaz Ertekin and set design by Mr. Ertekin and Adnan Atalan. Cast members are Ecem Aydın, Yeliz Balım, Selim Galip, Burak Günaydın, Orkun C. İzan, M. Burçak Kaya, Ege Kesmeci, Turgay Korkmaz, Beril Pozam and Yağmur Uzunoğlu; the technical team for the play consists of Ece Babayiğit, Emre Arslanbek, Doğuş Bilgin and Esra Sürgü. The translation is by Egemen Berköz.
Remaining performances are on November 8, 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the Bilkent Theater Hall. Students taking GE250-251 will receive 20 course points for attending.
For tickets: https://ticket.bilkent.edu.tr
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