Directors' Showcase: You are more Beautiful than Istanbul

When and Where

Friday, December 07, 2018 9:00 pm to 10:10 pm
Saturday, December 08, 2018 7:00 pm to 8:10 pm
Sunday, December 09, 2018 4:00 pm to 5:10 pm
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
UC Union Building
79 St. George Street, Toronto, ON


… They left a clock in the room; it makes me count the seconds. Tick tack, tick tack…  

… Am I going to live alone, now? My heart is beating in a strange manner. Kut!... Kut!... Kut!...

… Don’t forget me. I don’t know whether it is sweat or tears. Pıt! Pıt! Pıt! Pıt!...

Three women from different generations, on their chairs, are telling their stories. It’s a fifty-year story in an ever-changing city’s landscape and Turkey’s socio-political context. You are more Beautiful than Istanbul is about building bridges. It's feminist, engaging, political and sometimes funny.

Ibn Khaldun says “Geography is destiny”.

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You are more beautiful than Istanbul

Playwright: Murat Mahmutyazicioglu

Director: Buke Erkoc


Ayfer: Stephanie Zeit

Basak: Rachel Bannermen

Melis: Megane Degousee

Production Team

Set Design: Snezana Pesic

Sound and Costume Design: Sandy Szalai

Lighting Design: Lauren Lacey

Projection Design: Lauren Lacey and Nicole Eun-Ju Bell

Props Master: Grace Faria

Stage Manager: Elyse Waugh

Assistant Stage Managers: Lauren Lacey, Sebastian Lima Santos

Production Manager: Giuseppe Condello

Movement Coaching: Uri Lone-Bikey

Poster Design: Ece Dogan

Communications & Events Officer: Julie Philips

Course Instructor: Leah Cherniak, Snezana Pesic, Janice Fraser

Assistant Course Instructor: Julia Matias