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Ozen Yula: Concubine Sultan Hurrem (TurkEY)

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Dec 1, 2008
Dec 1, 2008
Segal Theater



Ozen Yula
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Zishan Urgulu
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Concubine Sultan Hurrem
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Join us for an evening with Turkish playwright Özen Yula discussing the life of the legendary 16th-century figure Sultan Hürrem, the concubine of Süleyman the Magnificent, who was rumored to be of Polish descent. The role of Hürrem will be played by Turkish-American actor Zishan Ugurlu. With support from LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), Moon and Stars Project and Actors Without Borders/ITONY.

In a secret harem room of the Ottoman Palace, the old Sultan Hürrem talks with a young concubine who resembles her very much. She speaks about her life, her love, her political influence, and the intrigues in the palace. She regrets having wasted her life for power and misses her country. The stories being told are all reflected by puppet plays. After the room has been discov ered and forcefully entered, she kills the young women, disguises her as her self, and flees. The play gives an insight into the life of the Sultan and Ottoman women.

Ozen Yula is an internationally successful writer and director. Yula’s plays have been translated to English, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Polish, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Japanese, and Arabic. His work is dark, comical, visually daring, and at the forefront of the avant-garde.

Zishan Ugurluis an actor, director and curator. She teaches full time at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. She is the artistic direc tor of Actors without Borders/ITONY. Ms. Ugurlu graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in acting and holds a PhD in theater.

6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!