Cornell University

"Forest of the Witch": Traditional Anatolian Shadow Theatre

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 132
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Ayhan Hulagu, founder of U.S. Karagoz Theatre Company, will be at Cornell on April 17 to present traditional Anatolian shadow puppet theatre. This event does not require tickets and is open to the public.

"The Forest of the Witch" is one of the most distinctive examples of traditional Turkish shadow theatre. The play, a contemporary adaptation of the 19th-century work titled "Bloody Poplar," offers a universal and entertaining story that includes American stars. Ayhan Hulagu, who brought the 700-year-old tradition of shadow theatre (karagoz) and storytelling (meddah) to America, has performed numerous shows at prestigious universities and various international festivals in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

US Karagoz Theatre Company, which introduces traditional Turkish Theater to the world with a modern interpretation, has previously produced highly acclaimed projects such as Hamlet, Don Quixote, and One Thousand and One Nights.

Designed following UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, "The Forest of the Witch" is recognized as the first play of traditional Turkish theater staged on Broadway.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies with support from the Society for the Humanities and Critial Ottoman and Post Ottoman Studies. 

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Near Eastern Studies, The Society for the Humanities, Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies


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Ayhan Hulagu

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Founder, US Karagoz Theatre Company

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Anyone 5+ years old

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