By ANNE CANALP
Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmancı also announced plans to complete an abandoned municipality theatre project and another stage venue in the Old City's Bandabuliya Market.
A municipality theatre spokesman said the new Bandabuliya stage would be extremely versatile and an opportunity for artistic collaboration with youth and amateur theatre, and dance and performing arts groups.
He added: "We are using the 'Black Box' concept of a bare room with a moveable seating area and stage and a flexible lighting system."
The 15th festival theatre season, themed on A Place on Earth. A Humane Life, opens on Thursday, September 7 with a performance of the Genco Erkal musical Table of the Sun performed by the Friends Theatre.
Performances by top Turkish theatre companies include Hedwig and Angry Inch, a transsexual rock musical, Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth and the courtroom drama Terror, a re-enactment of a plane hijacker's trial where the audience plays the jury.
The capital's own municipality theatre will give two performances of a comedy of two soldiers on a border at 5pm and 8.30pm at their theatre premises in the Kızılbaş district on September 28 but all other performances start at 8.30pm at the university venue – scheduled for September 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 22, 26, 28 and 30, and October 3.
At a Friday press conference launch, festival committee head and Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmanci stressed the importance of freedom of thought and artistic freedom.
Festival repertoire coordinator and municipality theatre artistic director Aliye Ummanel added: "If you think that every performance affects each member of the audience, this means that theatre has a huge impact."
Tickets have gone on sale at Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality, priced at 25TL, or online at www.biletinial.com, priced at 27.50TL. More information may be obtained by phoning the municipality theatre on (0392) 227 8782.
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