The play is written and directed by Nesrin Kazankaya. Its world premiere took place on November 13th 2009. It is Theatre Pera's twelfth production and the final play of the author's trilogy about Turkey's recent political history. The cast is comprised of Nesrin Kazankaya (Woman), Defne Halman (Friend), Can Basak (Man) and Erdinc Anaz (Son).
The play focuses on four contemporary intellectuals, confronting the painful period and the effect on their lives of post 1980 Turkey, after the country's democracy became even more fragile following the coup d'etat.
20 years after leaving behind her infant and seeking asylum abroad following the military coup in 1980, 'Woman' returns to Istanbul. Upon her arrival she is met at the airport by a young man who she finds out is the 'Son' she was forced to abandon. After the tense encounter, 'Woman' visits her 'Friend' from college. The two women who reunite after many years, share their experiences and reminisce with both sorrow and joy. The 'Man' who was also active in a leftist student association with the two women is 'Friend's husband. He joins them and the trio is together once again. 'Woman' who is a war correspondent is still strongly dedicated to her socialist ideals, 'Man' who owes his status and wealth to the growth of liberalism and 'Friend' whose existence is defined by her family spend the whole night discussing the past and the present. Then, ‘Woman' then joins her 'Son' at a bar. Feelings of abandonment and resentment mount as the mother and son experience an emotional conflict filled with anger, yearning and love. In the meantime, 'Friend' and her husband struggle to settle unresolved issues amidst the ruins of their broken relationship. When 'Woman' and 'Friend' come together once again ugly secrets are revealed as they recount events of their past. They all desperately try but are unable to escape the unbearable burden they have been destined to carry.
The coup that determined the fate of the four people in play, turns their lives upside down again and tears them apart.
The play is composed of five parts:
Encounter-Reconciliation-Confrontation-Bidding Farewell- Separation
Each part is linked with original film segments, shot exclusively for the play. The fundamental structure of the play is formed and enhanced with the use of music and cinematic sequences.