Blood Wedding: A New Play by ELIT Students

Thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of ELIT students a new play is on its way to meet the audience on March 9th, 10th and 13th, 2012. This will be the third performance by the ELIT Department since 2009. The Importance of Being Earnest and Arms and The Man were staged successively in 2009 and 2010 by Dr. Gül Kurtuluş. This time she is the Project Manager. Translation used for the performance is done by A.S. Klein, known as Tony Klein, who is a British poet and translator.

Erdi Mamikoğlu, Director of Ankara State Theatre is taking a surrealistic approach to the direction of Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca. He is a graduate of the Department of Theater at Bilkent University and has received the Sadri Alışık Anadolu Tiyatro Award recently. For two hours, the play will take the audience to the early twentieth-century Spain to have a unique experience of the revenge, passion, grief and despair caused by a family feud.

Students, who take part in the play are: Kaan Akın (ELIT I), Ülkem Önal (ELIT IV), Gamze Sönmez (ELIT II), İpek Çakaloz (ELIT II), İlknur Yakar (ELIT IV), Erolcan Talas (ELIT III), Nimet Poyraz (ELIT III), Betül Erdem (ELIT III), Özkan Akkaya (ELIT II), Nazlı Elif Yalçın (ELIT I), Yasemin Muzmul (ELIT III), Ahmet Can Vargün (ELIT II), Melik Babur (ELIT I), and Alev Sezin Çırak (ELIT III). 

A play is complete only with its audience, so we would like to welcome you all to our play. The performance begins at 20:00 in the Theatre Hall (in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts), and it will be in English. Entrance is free.


Charles Dickens Day

On Wednesday, February 29, the Department of English Language and
Literature (ELIT) will hold "Dickens Day," a day-long event to mark the
bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth (February 7, 1812).  Dickens Day
will feature scholarly discussions as well as a dramatic reading and a
film screening.  All events will take place at the C-Block amphitheater.
Dickens readers and fans are welcome to any or all of the sessions.

We look forward to seeing you on Dickens Day (Feb 29, Wednesday).

Here's the schedule of events:

9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks by Prof. Talat Halman, Dean of Humanities

9:15-9:30 Brief Introduction on Dickens by Dr. Valerie Kennedy

9:30-10:40 Papers by Dr. Margaret Sonmez (METU), Dr. Valerie Kennedy
(Bilkent Uni.), Dr. Ayse Celikkol (Bilkent Uni.), and Dr. Alev Karaduman
(Hacettepe Uni.) on Dickens and the Problem of the Family

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:20 Roundtable Discussion by Bilkent ELIT Students on Dickens's
Criticism of Society and Human Behavior

12:20-13:40 Lunch Break

13:40-14:40 A Dramatic Reading of selected Scenes from A Christmas Carol
with Dr. Donald Randall as Scrooge and Bilkent ELIT Students

14:40-15:00 Coffee Break

15:00-17:30 A Screening of Oliver Twist, Directed by Roman Polanski