TODAY’S – Theater from Balkan countries making a splash in Bursa

Theater from Balkan countries making a splash in BursaThe northwestern city of Bursa will unveil the 2015 edition of its International Balkan Countries Theater Festival this weekend, unrolling a 20-day marathon of stage productions from Turkey and abroad.Launched last year by the Ankara-based State Theaters (DT) Directorate-General, the festival will run from March 7-27 in its second edition, the organizers said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Two theater companies from Turkey — the Istanbul DT and the EskiIehir Municipal Theater — are taking part in the festival with one production each.The Istanbul DT will open the festival with its new production andldquoEIer Bu Bir Film OlsaydI,andrdquo a Turkish adaptation of the play andldquoIf It Were a Movieandhellip,andrdquo which is set to have its premiere on Wednesday in Istanbul, at the uskudar Tekel TheaterWritten by contemporary Bosnian playwright Almir ImandscaronireviI, andldquoIf It Were a Movieandhellipandrdquo follows the story of a family in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, from 1992 through 1995.

The EskiIehir Municipal Theater will perform andldquoJeanne Dand#39arcand#39In teki lumu,andrdquo a Turkish production of andldquoThe Other Death of Joan of Arc,andrdquo written in 1990 by Bulgarian author Stefan Tsanev.Eight other theater companies from Macedonia, Bosnia, Romania, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Albania are set to perform in the festival.

Productions include andldquoThe 39 Steps,andrdquo andldquoThe House of Bernarda Albaandrdquo and andldquoA Midsummer Nightand#39s Dream,andrdquo among others. All performances at the festival will be staged at the Ahmet Vefik PaIa Theater.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman