“I open the door. The tear gas has dispersed, the street is quiet. Someone’s sitting on the curb opposite. My stinging eyes are half open. I can’t see properly. I walk toward her. I reach out my hand. Where are you?”
Umut and Janina meet and fall in love in Istanbul, where rebellion simmers amongst the queer and displaced youth. Using video recordings and phone calls to fight against physical and emotional distance, Umut is caught between the momentum of sociopolitical change at home and the promise of a quieter life in Berlin with Janina. By turns explosive and intimate, WILL YOU COME WITH ME? explores the chaos and complexities of living through an uprising with generosity, love, and tenderness.
Photos by Julieta Cervantes
Meet The Artists
EBRU NIHAN CELKAN (Playwright, she/her) received a Bachelor’s Degree in Labour Economics in 2001 from Uludağ University and an MBA degree in 2008 from İstanbul University. Since 2009 she has been writing and directing plays. Celkan became one of the 4 playwrights selected from around the world within the scope of the KIF (Krieg Im Frieden – Piece by Piece War) project designed by the Maxim Gorki Theater in 2017. In 2019, she was awarded the Jean-Jacques-Rousseau scholarship given to writers who opened up freedom of expression in works of culture and art by Schloss Solitude. In 2020, she wrote the text “Der Weltschmerz”, which focuses on Cultural Diversity and Gender, as part of the Stuttgart – Ludwigsburg City authorship scholarship.
Celkan, residing in Istanbul, continues to share her theater, writing and Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity and Inclusive Approach works with people in different geographies of the world.
Publication list: Complete Plays I: After The Day Nobody Died & Where Were We?. Mitos-Boyut (İstanbul 2013); Complete Plays II: Home! Sweet Home! & 17:31. Mitos-Boyut (İstanbul 2015); Complete Plays III: Babel Towers & Triggerman. Mitos-Boyut (İstanbul 2016); Complete Plays IV: Tilt & A Prince from Outer Space. Mitos-Boyut (İstanbul 2018)
Plays Directed: The Triggerman (2009) premiered at the ikincikat (2012); Home! Sweet Home! (2014) premiered at the besincikat Theatre ; Babel (2015) premiered at the Emek Sahnesi; A Little Bit of Me A Little Bit Of You (2016) premiered at the Emek Sahnesi written by Ciyil Kurtulus; Nora: A Doll’s House (2020) premiered at Nilüfer City Theatre rewritten by Stef Smith
KEENAN TYLER OLIPHANT (Director, he/him) is a Theatre-maker and Director from South Africa whose work is in the lineage of the communal theatre-making and storytelling traditions of South Africa. He recalls this traditional storytelling lineage by simultaneously exchanging with histories and futures to create spaces of healing, investigation, mourning, and celebration through performance. Keenan endeavors to create work that is powerful in its relation to contemporary experience, and that challenges social and political conventions while engaging with performance as a ritual expression of the spiritual. Keenan is the Associate Director of Hadestown (Broadway), Oratorio for Living Things (Ars Nova), and the assistant director for the Bengson’s work The Broken Ear Set-list (St Ann’s Warehouse). Keenan is a Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and an Alumni of the Columbia MFA Directing for Theatre program.
MAY 11 – JUN 5, 2022
Ebru Nihan Celkan
Keenan Tyler Oliphant
Layla Khoshnoudi and Maribel Martinez
Sound Design & Original Music
Stefania Bulbarella &Dee Lamar Mills
Production Stage Manager
Christina M. Woolard
Company & House Manager
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LAYLA KHOSHNOUDI (Umut): MFA, Brooklyn College. Select Theater: Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons); Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons); Bull in a China Shop (LCT3); Dido of Idaho (Ensemble Studio Theater); Wyoming (Lesser America); I am Gordafarid (Noor Theater). TV: Instinct (CBS); FBI (CBS); All Hail Beth (BricTV), My Ex is Trending (YouTube). FILM: Long Nights, Short Mornings; Bad at Birthdays, Nadia Jaan; Androgen; Bookends.
MARIBEL MARTINEZ (Janina, she/ella) is a Black-Latinx actor/storyteller based in New York City with Dominican and Puerto Rican roots. A few of her favorite projects over the last few years have been Black Joy Project with JAG Productions, workshops of Rosa Fernandez’s play A Skeptic and A Bruja, and Cin Martinez’s Moonlighters; She has played at Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater; Folger Theatre; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, amongst others. TV credits: Evil, New Amsterdam, The Watcher. She in community with the Latinx Playwrights Circle and with Dominican Artists Collective as a part of the Artistic Producing Team.
AFSOON PAJOUFAR (Scenic Designer) is an Iranian, NYC-based designer of stage and environment for play, opera, and live performance. Afsoon’s artistic practice is often focused on the intersection of space, human body and new technologies including XR and live video. Her works have been presented in venues and festivals including Theatre for a New Audience, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New Ohio Theatre, Bard Fisher Center, HARVARD TDM, MIT, KITCHEN THEATRE, and PRELUDE festival. She received her MFA in Scene design from Boston University and is a proud member of USA829. afsoonpajoufar.com
ENVER CHAKARTASH (Costume Design) is a British-born Turkish Cypriot costume designer. Enver’s work has been presented internationally at numerous venues including: BAM, The Public Theater, Steppenwolf, Centre Pompidou, the Barbican and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently, Enver designed: English (Atlantic Theater Company/Roundabout Theatre Company); Wolf Play (Soho Rep.); and Tina Satter’s Is This A Room on Broadway. Other recent works include: Tina Satter/Half Straddle’s Ghost Rings; The Wooster Group’s A Pink Chair, The B-side, The Town Hall Affair, Early Shaker Spirituals; Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men; Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group’s POWER.
REZA BEHJAT (Lighting Design) was born and raised in Iran where he worked with some of the prominent directors for several years before moving to the United States in 2014. Off-Broadway: Wish You Were Here (Playwrights Horizons); The Vagrant Trilogy (The Public); Out of Time (The Public/NAATCO); English (Atlantic); P.S. (Ars Nova); Disclaimer (The Public’s UTR); Henry VI (NAATCO); Hamlet (Waterwell). Regional and others: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, PlayMakers Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Geva Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare, New Georges, Long Wharf Theater, etc. Awards: Knight of Illumination Award (Nina Simone: Four Women, 2019)
AVI AMON (Sound Design & Original Music) is an award-winning, Turkish-American composer, sound artist, and educator. Avi’s multi-genre work has been developed or presented by: HBO Films, Spotify, Tribeca Film Festival, New York Theater Workshop, Page73, The Civilians, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Danspace, Actors Theater Of Louisville, St. Louis REP, Target Margin, The O’Neill, Edinburgh Fringe, and Spoleto Festival USA, among others. Avi is the resident composer at the 52nd Street Project, an inaugural fellow with THE WORKSHOP at the Hendel Center for Justice & Ethics, and teaches at NYU Tisch. www.aviamon.com.
STEFANIA BULBARELLA (Projections Designer, she/hers) is a Video and Projections Designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina based in Brooklyn, New York . Off Broadway credits: Space Dogs (MCC), Turtle on a Fence Post (Theatre 555), Semblance (New York Theatre Workshop), The Watering Hole (Signature Theatre). www.stefaniabulbarella.com
DEE LAMAR MILLS (Projections Designer, they/she) is a lens-based artist and motion designer with their eyes on a bright star somewhere far beyond the perimeter of this universe. Recent: New York Hall of Science, The Shed (Open Call), Clubbed Thumb, Interior Design, MAP (Adidas, Collina Strada, GQ). dddiiiooonnn.com. For Mom – in vivid memory.
CHRISTINA M. WOOLARD (Production Stage Manager) stage manages for theatre, dance, and live events. Previous credits include Notes on My Mother’s Decline (The Play Company), Space Dogs (MCC), Preparedness (The Bushwick Starr), Passing Through (Goodspeed Musicals), Wilder Gone (Clubbed Thumb), Trainspotting (Brass Jar Productions), Wasted Love (Born Dancing), American Hero, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 (George Street Playhouse). Pandemic activities included stitching PPE with the Broadway Relief Project. Proud AEA member and alumna of Rutgers University.
Join us for one (or more!) of our community nights, each centered around the many vibrant intersections of the PlayCo community! All pre and post-show programming is free to attend.
MENASA Night, co-hosted by Noor Theatre & T.A.R.T.E. – May 22, 3PM
LGBTQ+ Night, co-hosted by Ginger’s Bar – May 27 at 7:30PM
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