Friday, June 21st @ 7pm
Saturday, June 22nd @ 7pm
$15/GA, $22/Preferred Seating, $8/Students & Seniors
“Karagoz is cultural heritage of humanity – UNESCO”
Join us for an extraordinary performance by esteemed Turkish puppeteer, Ayhan Hulagu, as Karagoz Theatre presents “The Magic Tree”!
*Come participate in the Turkish Puppetry Workshop on Saturday June 22nd from 1-3pm before the 7pm performance!
“The Magic Tree” is a modern interpretation of Karagoz, literally Black-Eye, who is the hero of traditional Anatolian shadow play. The story is turned into screenplay after being rewritten up-to-date by Ayhan Hulagu. Karagoz and Hacivat are the lead characters of an exemplary subject of “The Magic Tree” like all classic shadow texts.
About Karagoz Theater Company:
U.S. Karagoz Theatre Company
Ayhan Hulagu is the founder of Karagoz Theatre Company. Ayhan started to work as a professional artist on shadow plays after Turkey’s Culture Ministry and UNIMA’s Istanbul office opened training courses jointly in 2009 when Karagoz, the traditional Turkish shadow play, was included in UNESCO’s list.
In 2016, he launched the first part of his Karagoz Trilogy. The first leg of his long-term project was called ‘Karagoz in the street’ and took place in İstanbul’s districts and neighborhoods. In the US the young aspirant artist launched the second part of his project as “Karagoz on the road.” The debut play took place in Washington, D.C.,and then expanded to other cities. He is also a professional actor, writer, and member of UNİMA-USA.
Ayhan organizes workshops and exhibitions to endear the traditional puppet play to a new audience in the U.S. He teaches the mysteries and features of this traditional play, which secured a spot on UNESCO’s list.
The third phase of his Karagoz Trilogy is expected to take place in the future. “Karagoz back to home” features a series of plays with the main theme of homecoming, which symbolically signifies the return of the traditional play to a place considered to be its home territory. He even brought this tradition play to Broadway, making great strides in his career.