After ten years of self-imposed estrangement
from her country, Rana reunites with three old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on July 15th, 2016 -- the eve of the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey. As the night progresses, the foursome realizes how brutal nostalgia can feel when the distance between them widens, when life in the present implicates them in political turmoil and places them under surveillance. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, Field, Awakening is not a homecoming: it’s the tale of a stranger in a strange land, searching in vain for home amidst a landscape of fleeting familiarity.
MELIS AKER (playwright) is an actor, writer and musician from Turkey, and will be a NYTW 2050 Fellow in the fall. Plays: Field, Awakening (2018 Sundance Theatre Lab finalist, 2018 Berkeley Rep Ground Floor finalist, Lark's 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship finalist) will perform at Signature Center this May; Manar (2017 Columbia@Roundabout finalist, 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award semi-finalist) was at Golden Thread Productions' 2017 ReOrient Festival, LPAC’s 2017 Rough Draft Festival, and was featured by Silk Road Rising on New Play Exchange; 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I] (Lark's 2018 Jerome New York Fellowship Finalist) received a Noor Highlight series reading at NYTW; Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] was workshopped at NYTW and BRICLab Residency. Melis recently gave a TEDx Talk in Ankara and works as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant. BA Drama/Philosophy (Tufts), Acting (RADA), MFA Playwriting (Columbia). Meg Pantera The Agency (acting) | www.melisaker.com
TATIANA PANDIANI (director) is an Argentine, NYC based director and choreographer. Selected: Azul, Otra Vez (BRIC), Eurydice & The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Atlantic 2), Le Negrophilie (Kampala Theater Festival, Uganda), Appropriate & Assassins (Princeton), NANAS (IATI), La Lupe (SEA), NORA (Lanesboro Arts), 1989 (Connelly). Upcoming: Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda and the Frank Collymore Hall in Barbados. Tatiana is a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic, a NYTW Directing Fellow, and the Artistic Associate at Miami New Drama. MFA: Columbia. www.tatianapandiani.com
by Melis Aker
Director Tatiana Pandiani
Producer Mei Li Heman
Co-Producer Bethany Sharp
Dramaturg Anna Woodruff
Set Designer Taisa Malouf
Lighting Designer Reza Behjat
Projection Designer Stefania Bulbarella
Costume Designer Dina El-Aziz
Graphic Designer Marlow Davis
Cast Kieron Anthony, Ayse Babahan, Jamar Brathwaite, Sinan Eczacibasi*, Fahim Hamid*
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
MEI LI HEMAN (producer) is a New York-based Senior Manager & Producer. Born in the US and raised in Brazil, she is a bilingual storyteller and has worked in the entertainment industry for 6+ years. Credits include festival nominated documentary feature films, unscripted television series, digital content, and theatre productions. She is currently studying, freelance producing, and interning at 101 Productions. Past internships include 321 Theatrical Management, NAMCO, Ars Nova, AKA NYC, and 101 Productions.
BETHANY SHARP (co-producer) is a New York-based Creative Producer and freelance Director, currently studying as a Theatre Management and Producing MFA candidate at Columbia University. She is a Kansas native but considers herself just as Minnesotan after working for seven years in Minneapolis as an actor, freelance director, and producer. She co-founded Box Wine Theatre and acts as Producing Artistic Director. NYC internships have included TDF and Primary Stages. Bethany currently serves as the Assistant Marketing Fellow and Playwrights Festival Fellow at Columbia University. boxwinetheatre.com
ANNA WOODRUFF (dramaturg) is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and is an M.F.A. candidate in Dramaturgy at Columbia University. She has worked at the Lark Play Development Center, American Conservatory Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Soho Rep., and Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent projects include Book of Esther by Gina Stevensen (Fancy Boys Creative), Manar by Melis Aker (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Golden Thread Productions), and A DollZes HoUse by Becca Plunkett (Columbia Stages). Anna also teaches in the Drama Department at the Professional Performing Arts School in Midtown.