December 17 | 8:00pm PST
Juggling her dreams of becoming an actress, a strained relationship with her mother, and the never-ending night shift, twenty-one year old Nur finds herself navigating the complexities of refugee life in London. But when an unwelcome visitor arrives and disrupts the fragile peace of their lives, Nur and her family must stare down the betrayals of their past, the harsh realities of the present, and the secrets that continue to divide them.
Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her stage and screenplays have been developed by/at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), O’Neill, New Group, Dramatists Guild (DGF fellow), IFP, Roundabout Space Jam, Cannes Film Festival, Orchard Project, LaMaMa, the Lark, Noor, Golden Thread Productions, and 24 Hour Plays in the U.S., as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London. She recently worked on developing a screenplay with Revelations Entertainment headed by Morgan Freeman, appeared in the film “Seneca” on HBOMax, and released her short play Scraps and Things on Playing On Air, starring Carol Kane and herself. Melis is currently developing a musical play with Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams based on their illustrated book Hundred Feet Tall, and is commissioned by Ars Nova. Her play Field, Awakening (Kilroy’s List) will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre directed by Rory McGregor (covid-19 pending). Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. www.melisaker.com
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Evren Odcikin (Director) is a theater director, writer, and arts administrator with a commitment to bring underrepresented stories and voices to the American stage. He serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Steering Committee member for the MENA Theater Maker Alliance, a co-founder of Maia Directors, and a resident artist at Golden Thread Productions. As a director, he has worked with Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth, ART, PlayCo, Geva, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, The Lark, InterAct, Cleveland Public Theatre, Golden Thread, and Crowded Fire. As a writer, he is under commission with Leila Buck to create 1001 Nights (A Retelling) for Cal Shakes. www.odcikin.com
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December 17th | When My Mama Was A Hittite by Melis Aker
January 14th | Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson) by Rachel Lynett
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