Ankara’s theater festival to mark 20th year with 59 plays

The Turkish capital will be hosting the 20th edition of its annual international theater festival later this month, offering 59 plays from Turkey and abroad in various theaters for 10 days.
The festival will open on Nov. 20 with a gala performance of a musical rendition of Bizetand’s and”Carmenand” by the Tbilisi Vaso Abashidze Music and Drama State Theatre at the Leyla Gencer Theater, the Cihan news agency reported Monday.
The opening gala will also see the presentation of the festivaland’s special honors, Cihan said. Three veterans of contemporary Turkish theater — stage director Erhan GandOkganducandu, actor Rutkay Aziz and playwright andOzen Yula — will receive the 2015 festivaland’s special honors during the opening night.
The festivaland’s assorted program includes three street theater shows, five plays by various Turkish municipal theater companies, four childrenand’s plays, 29 plays from private theaters and amateur theater societies from Turkey, six plays by visiting theater groups from abroad, and four productions by theater societies from four Turkish universities.
The State Theatersand’ iinasi and Canduneyt GandOkandcer andcayyolu theaters, Batikent Meydan Theater, andcankaya Municipalityand’s Contemporary Arts Center, the Farabi Theater, Bombus Theater and Tiyatro Pembe Kurbaia are among venues that will be hosting performances as part of the festival, which will wrap up on Nov. 30.


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