HOW TO BE A TURKISH WOMAN
Written and Performed by Nazili Sarpkaya
Directed by Nicholas A. Cotz
A workshop performance
July 9th, 2018 | 7:00 pm
The Great Room
South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn
Exploring the Turkish culture through strong female power houses, their "kitchen" rules, and how a young expatriate uses them to create a new home for herself.
NAZILI SARPKAYA (Playwright/Performer) is a New York City based performer. Born and raised in Turkey, and a proud immigrant in this country, she thinks it’s her duty to connect with, help and tell stories of her fellow immigrants. She’s excited to create a solo piece that will let her pay tribute to the women in her family, celebrate Turkish culture, and explore the change of dynamics in her home country.
Currently telling the story of an immigrant surgeon in Ben Woolf’s critically acclaimed British comedy Angry Young Man at Urban Stages which will be moving to the John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall this June for the second leg of the production. Some of her other credits include: the world premiere of Suzanne Bradbeer’s Naked Influence (Capital Repertory Theatre), Debriefing (FringeNYC), Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives (FringeNYC), Tiger Tiger (Dixon Place), Sammy & Esther Are Breaking Up (Players Theatre), United We Stand (NY Madness); as well as workshop productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama, Urban Stages, and The Kraine Theatre. She holds an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.
NICHOLAS A. COTZ (Director) has produced and directed in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. In 2013 Cotz directed and produced the NY Times Critic’s Pick rogerandtom at HERE with Personal Space Theatrics. With AFO he most recently produced Mark Thomas’ Cuckooed at 59E59; Bill Bowers’ All Over The Map and Elizabeth Van Meter’s Thao’s Library at Theatre Row; Gideon Irving’s solo show Songs, Space Travel, and Everything in Between at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award; Irving’s I’m Probably Going to Die Eventually at Rattlestick; Aaron Mark’s Squeamish at Theater Row; and most recently the NY Times Critic's Pick The Brobot Johnson Experience, created and performed by AFO Artist In Residence, Darian Dauchan. Cotz holds an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College and was a Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow.