Aeschylus’ Ancient Greek Drama in Istanbul with Syrian Actresses

One of the most celebrated ancient Greek dramas will be staged in Turkey for the first time, and with the participation of Syrian women in the production, the play is also set to convey a strong political message.

Written by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, “The Suppliants” dramatizes the plight of 50 displaced women and it’s a perfect vehicle for addressing the plight of Syrian refugees in the past six years.

The Istanbul-based interpretation of the tragedy will include 44 amateur and six professional actors, including a number of Syrian women, a leading member of the production team has said.

The play will go on stage in Istanbul’s popular venue Das Das Theatre, which hosts a wide variety of workshops, theatrical performances and concerts. The venue was established in the Ataşehir district about a year ago by the joint efforts of the actress Didem Balçin and musicians Harun Tekin and Koray Candemir.

“The Suppliants” is scheduled to premiere in Istanbul on March 8.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News