Pera Palas
by Sinan Unel
Directed by Michael Michetti
July 14 - August 28, 2005

Guests at the palatial Pera Palas hotel in Instabul strive to keep up with the changing world around them as interconnected stories crisscross through three tumultuous periods in 20th century Turkey.  An incisive, humorous, moving story, with 10 actors playing 27 roles-- Turks, Brits and Americans-- in a country straddling Asia and Europe, Islam and Christianity, tradition and modernity.

A co-production with Anteus Theatre Company.

 

 

Featuring Gigi Bermingham, Daniel Bess, Daniel Blinkoff, Bill Brochtrup, Ramon de Ocampo, Seamus Dever, Dawn Didawick, Apollo Dukakis, Angela Goethals, Harry Groener, Jeanie Hackett, Tamara Krinsky, Rebecca Mozo, Melinda Peterson, John Prosky, Deborah Puette, Mikael Salazar, Tessa Thompson, Libby West, Ogie Zulueta

Scenic Design Tom Buderwitz

Lighting Design Adam Greene

Costume Design Ivy Chou

Sound Design Leon Rothenberg

Properties Design Chuck Olsen

Assistant Director Suzanne Karpinski

Dialect Coach Sarah Hartmann

Production Stage Manager Young Ji

Publicists Aldrich & Associates, Betty PR

Production Photography Ed Krieger

Magnificent…tell a friend!”   -California Turkish Times

“Fascinating stuff, guaranteed, and no one does theater better.”   -GORGEOUS Magazine

Incisive, humorous and moving.”   -Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California

“The audience had a great time.”   -Eye Spy LA

“Vivid characterization and intensity…stunningly theatrical.”   -Curtain Up

“The acting is absolutely first rate…breathtaking.”   -Talkin’ Broadway

“Brilliant…Director Michael Michetti does a masterful job…It is the kind fof relevant, challenging work of theater that, given its onerous production demands, is rarely seen.”   -World Socialist Website

“Comes sweepingly to life under Michael Michetti’s dynamic directorial hand.”   -Variety

“The play…contains a sweeping beauty that’s nicely painted by director Michael Michetti, and further enhanced by set designer Tom Buderwitz’s collage of images.”   -LA Weekly

“The script’s overlapping stories—laced with humor, anger, and pathos—are engrossing…The production values, several fine performances, and ambitious storytelling by the playwright elevate this multithemed exploration beyond the ordinary.”   -Backstage West

“It’s quite unusual to encounter a production that so richly and robustly captures the mystique and beauty of a particular ethnic culture as director Michael Michetti’s staging of Sinan Unel’s epic seriocomic play Pera Pelas.  The playwright spins an engrossing tale.”   -Frontiers

“Sweeping…this dizzying narrative deconstruction evokes the dislocation of an entire people—a powerful interpenetration of form and theme.”   -LA Times

Winner of four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

Production

Direction

Ensemble Performance

Scenic Design

Winner of Four Garland Awards

Winner of one Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award

Set Design

Winner of one LA Weekly Award

Nominated for four Ovation Awards

Play in an Intimate Theatre

Direction of a Play

Ensemble Performance

Costume Design

Nominated for three LA Weekly Awards

Nominated for the GLAAD Media Award

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