İstanbul State Theater set for Macedonian outing in August

July 13, 2012, Friday/ 17:14:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

The İstanbul State Theater is headed for Macedonia later this summer to take part in two festivals in two different cities of the tiny Balkan republic.

The company will stage a modern production of the ancient Greek tragedy “Antigone” in both festivals, scheduled for August, the Anatolia news agency reported on Friday. The production will make its first Macedonian appearance on the night of Aug. 14 as part of the 11th International Festival of Antique Theatre in the historic town of Stobi, south in the city of Veles, the news agency reported.

One of seven ancient texts by Sophocles surviving from among the estimated hundreds he wrote, “Antigone” was translated into Turkish in the 20th century by author Sabahattin Ali.

Adapted and directed by the famed stage actor and director Kenan Işık, this İstanbul State Theater production of Sophocles’s ancient text features a crowded cast including such well-known thespians as Ali Sürmeli, Attila Olgaç and Suna Selen.

The team will later travel to the city of Ohrid to take to the stage on the night of Aug. 16 at the Grigor Parlichev Cultural Center as part of the city’s annual summer festival.

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