Supported by a grant from The American Turkish Society and Moon and Stars Project
Wed., July 13 – Sat. July 16, 7:30pm
Little Theater Terrace/Little Theater
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
La Guardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, NY
31-10 Thomson Ave.
(No 7 train to 33rd Rawson or E,G,V,R trains to Queens Plaza)
Written by Ozen Yula
Directed by Handan Ozbilgin
Featuring Bridgit Francesca Giuffrida, Steven Hitt, Fernando Torres, Michael Anthony Munoz, Brian Shaw, Nelson Patino Jr.
In "For Rent," poor, rural teenagers come to the big city to find wealth and prosperity. But in the dark, dangerous public parks of this cosmopolitan city, they are instead led into prostitution and violence. This stylistically innovative and vocally stunning play from acclaimed Turkish playwright, Ozen Yula, explores the criminal underworld of modern-day Istanbul through the desperate lives of the young people who flock there. Translated for the American stage, this production features a diverse blend of professional actors and LAGCC acting students.
Özen Yula's plays have been translated to English, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Polish,Bulgarian, Bosnian, Japanese, Arabic. His plays are being performed by the National Theaters, Municipal Theaters, University Theaters and private companies all around Turkey. As a playwright and director his plays were shown in last Bonner Biennale in Germany, kontext:europa in Wien, Istanbul International Theatre Festival, Toga Festival in Japan, Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival, Turkish-Holland Theatre Meeting in Amsterdam. He lives in Istanbul and Ankara, working as a freelance director and playwright. Last year Yula was the Artist in Residence at Cleveland Public Theatre and Guest Lecturer at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, where he developed two world premiere plays.
HANDAN OZBILGIN BROMLEY
Handan Özbilgin Bromley is an internationally known theater director who specializes in site-specific productions. An active member of the Lincoln Center's Director's Lab, her experimental theater productions include: projectmaids (2010 –Present) is a four part series inspired by Jean Genet's Maids, 3 Sisters Vanishing (2010); The Wall-House-Yard Trilogy (Wall participated at 2006 Istanbul Theater Festival and was invited to the 2006 Egypt International Experimental Theater Festival); Rumi's Math (2003 New York Fringe Festival). In NYC, Handan has directed the work of prominent Turkish playwrights: That's How It Works by Özen Yula at the Around the World in 24 Hours Festival (2009, World Premiere); I Anatolia by Güngör Dilmen (2003, World Premiere). Off-Broadway way credits include: Immigrant Theater project co-director for Suzie Lorie Parks' 365 Days and Difficult Dialogues Reading Series (2007); Lark Theater Company, Assistant Director for Pera Palas. In addition to directing, Handan teaches acting at LAGCC where she develops original work for her students. Using the themes of technology and home, the Acting 1 class created a array of distinctive characters on the Facebook project, Creating a Character, Creating a Scene (2009). Handan Özbilgin is the Associate Artistic director at LPAC.