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Field, Awakening

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing

About the show

A political drama set in Turkey in 2016, where a group of high school friends reunite on the evening of an attempted military coup. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work. More…

After ten years of self-imposed estrangement from her country, Rana meets up with three old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on July 15th, 2016 -- the eve of the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey. As the night progresses, the foursome realizes how brutal nostalgia can feel when the distance between them widens, when life in the present implicates them in political turmoil and places them under surveillance. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, 'Field, Awakening' is not a homecoming: it’s the tale of a stranger in a strange land, searching in vain for home amidst a landscape of fleeting familiarity.

Member Reviews (12)


Confusing, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing
Avg Score

Relevant, Absorbing, Timely, Intense, Confusing

See it if You want some insight into what other countries/cultures are dealing with in the mess from our political turmoil & maybe our future too.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in political plays or taking a cold hard look at our culpability in the destruction of so many lives worldwide.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a play about frieds over time or to learn about problems in Turkey.

Don't see it if Not a great plot,simple stage. If you want something more creative or something with a strong plot.

Bold, Political, Dizzying, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like to hear a unique young voice on the crisis for democracy in a part of the world that people in the US hear little of: Turkey

Don't see it if you are expecting a standard naturalistic play.

Also I love playwright Melis Aker’s unique voice. In “Field, Awakening” I a... Read more Read less

Not ready for prime-time yet, Ambitious / promising, Ok cast / males not that strong, Interesting book needs re-working, Confusing (intense) non-meshing storylines

See it if you enjoy supporting new playwrights, directors, young actors. Set on the eve of the '16 Turkish military coup, but it's not ABOUT the coup.

Don't see it if none of the above interests you. Minimalist set: astro-turf & video screen (used creatively); great music played before during & afterwards.

Also Do NOT expect an historical coup story.... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if You're interested in relationship dramas set against a political backfrop

Don't see it if You need a "tight" production or a script that takes sides

Also It coulduse some rewording but shows promise


See it if I wanted to like this play. It had an interesting premise, but it was confusing and the acting was weak.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward narrative.

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You’d like to see a play about friendship, how it changes over time, (similarly the country also goes through some changes) & where is home

Don't see it if You do not like small theater, or emerging artists just showing their talent without the help of a prop. Or politics does not interest you.

Also I was really touched by some of the details that was brought up on thi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you have an interest in Turkish politics, traditional theatrical structures, or want to get a taste of a promising young playwright.

Don't see it if you expect visual or intellectual cohesion in a play, you dislike the traditional "family drama" structure, you want to see something sharp.

Also Melis Aker is a talented writer, and there's definitely a future for t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Confusing, In progress

See it if You want a ground-level view of the problems plaguing Turkey that led up to the coup in 2016.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see a highly-polished play, rather than a new voice trying things out.

Also This play speaks more to the potential of Aker than the quality of thi... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to support emerging artists, and/or want to see a play about a place/situation we don't really talk about or experience here.

Don't see it if you are interested in the show as a political drama, you want to see a play dissect the attempted coup as it doesn't function as either.

Also As someone who moved here from Turkey I was immediately interested in ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see an aspirational piece of theater about politic issues that aren't really being seen on stage.

Don't see it if you're expecting great theater.

Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting, relevant subject and great writing.

Don't see it if if you want the same old stuff.

“Field, Awakening” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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