Field, Awakening | Spring 2018

May 2 - 5, 2018


Field, Awakening

by Melis Aker


After ten years of self-imposed estrangement from her country, Rana is reunited with three old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on July 15th 2016 (the eve of the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey), only to realize what it was that really drove them apart. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, interweaving the world of the soccer field with a lost dog and a mysterious encounter on cyber space, Field, Awakening is a "stranger in a strange land" tale masked under a homecoming: a meditation on the brutal nature of nostalgia, sexual identity, redemption, and paranoia in the face of political turmoil, surveillance, and a fleeting landscape of familiarity.


Production Team:


Director: Tatiana Pandiani

Producer: Mei Li Heman

Dramaturg: Anna Woodruff

Production Stage Managers: Kadaja Brown & Patty Garvey

Scenic Designer: Taísa Malouf

Costume Designer: Dina El-Aziz

Lighting Designer: Reza Behjat

Composer / Sound Designer: Melis Aker

Assistant Sound Designer: Jack Calk

Projection Designer: Stefania Bulbarella

Graphic Designer: Marlow Davis




Kieron Anthony, Ayse Babahan, Jamar Brathwaite, Gamze Ceylan*, Sinan Eczacibasi*, Fahim Hamid*

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


Festival Staff:


Production Manager: CB Shotwell

Technical Director: John Trevellini

Director of Production: Joe Novak

Festival Stage Managers: Morgan Beach & Patty Garvey

Festival General Manager: Bethany Sharp

Marketing Director: Halla Tryggvadottir

Program Assistant: Zach Marlin

CU Program Assistant: Kate Mulley

Scenic//Props Coordinator: Anna Driftmier

Sound//Projection Coordinator: Ian Wehrle

Signature Lighting Coordinator: Abby Hoke-Brady

Signature Costume Coordinator: Sam Guglielmo

Production Resources: Jack Calk

Run Crew: Aaron Keller

Head of Playwriting Department: David Henry Hwang

Head of Stage Mgmt. Department: Michael J. Passaro


The Playwright's Bio: 


(Playwright) is an actor, writer and musician from Turkey, and will be a NYTW 2050 Fellow in the fall. Plays: Field, Awakening (2018 Sundance Theatre Lab finalist, 2018 Berkeley Rep Ground Floor finalist, Lark's 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship finalist) will perform in the Corkscrew Festival at Paradise Factory this July; Manar (2017 [email protected] finalist, 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award semi-finalist) was at Golden Thread Productions' 2017 ReOrient Festival, LPAC’s 2017 Rough Draft Festival, and was featured by Silk Road Rising on New Play Exchange; 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I] (Lark's 2018 Jerome New York Fellowship Finalist) received a Noor Highlight series reading at NYTW; Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] was workshopped at NYTW and BRICLab Residency. Melis recently gave a TEDx Talk in Ankara and works as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant. BA Drama/Philosophy (Tufts), Acting (RADA), MFA Playwriting (Columbia). Meg Pantera The Agency (acting) |


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Ford Foundation Studio
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Ticket Policy:
No late seating.

Melis Aker (Playwright) is an actor, writer and musician from Turkey, and will be a NYTW 2050 Fellow in the fall. Among her plays are, Field, Awakening, Manar, 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I], and Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited].  full profile