US Premiere

At the Periphery

by Sedef Ecer

Set in Istanbul and Paris, AT THE PERIPHERY is a new play that focuses on the rarely told stories of migrants in Istanbul’s urban slums. Farmers Dilcha and Bilo leave their home in the countryside to make a life in the big city. Young lovers Azad and Tamar appeal to superstar Sultane’s reality TV show to realize their dream of a life in France. Gyspy woman Kybelee finds home in a shack she has made with her own hands.

Sedef Ecer’s new play takes a lyrical, funny, and deeply human look at hope and home against all odds. Furthermore, the play examines homelessness and displacement in Istanbul with an expansive global lens that brings it home to the San Francisco Bay Area where these issues are extremely palpable and relevant.

Translated from Turkish by Evren Odcikin, this production marks both At the Periphery’s US premiere as well as the first co-production between Golden Thread Productions and Crowded Fire Theater. For more information about the history between these two companies, click here.

February 23, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Potrero Stage

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

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Written by Sedef Ecer

Directed by Erin Gilley

Translation by Evren Odcikin


Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company devoted to plays from or about the Middle East, defined broadly and inclusively. We produce passionate and provocative plays and are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Crowded Fire Theater’s ensemble produces poetic, bold theater created by new and contemporary artists. We seek to engage our community by producing adventurous work, innovative in structure, which addresses the diverse political and social concerns of our audiences.

Cast & Crew

Sedef Ecer

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Erin Gilley

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Evren Odcikin

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Cast: Ayla Yarkut*, Leila Rosa, Zaya Kolia, Lijesh Krishnan, Sofia Ahmad*

Creative Team: Kate Boyd^ (Scenic Design), Cassie Barnes^ (Lighting Design), James Ard^ (Sound Design), Maggie Whittacker (Costume Design), Kenan Arun^ (Makeup Design), Nima Dehghani (Projection Design), Stephanie Alyson (Production Manager), Beckett Finn (Technical Director)

*Member, Actors Equity; ^Golden Thread Resident Artist

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