An online audio performance by Lyto Triantafyllidou
Translated by Buket Gülbeyaz
With Actors Buket Gülbeyaz and Aykut Yılmaz
An online audio diary of a 200-day quarantine hosted at www.talktomorrow.net.
Through a series of voice messages, the performance is an aural/audio “jump cut” that exposes a quarantine’s loneliest moments: when a phone call remains unanswered.
This is a story happening now.
The Covid-19 crisis finds Alice away from her home and her partner. Her voice messages to him compose an audio diary of her 200-day static journey in quarantine. As an alien visitor, Alice struggles with bureaucracy. The measures taken are a sudden obstacle to her return to her homeland. Message after message, we (one-sidedly) piece together the puzzle of a changing world and a country transforming into a dystopian society on the brink of collapse, where the virus becomes a tool of oppression in the hands of the local government. The new reality infiltrates Alice’s days. While she battles with the idea of an unknown future, her need for intimacy and companionship remain the central quest during her adventure.
Lyto Triantafyllidou wrote the play “Talk Tomorrow” as an immediate reaction to the isolation which has marked the past weeks, discussing the issues of love, partnership and intimacy under the current circumstances. The performance is shaped by the subsequent restrictions borne by the “new normal”, where none of the artistic stakeholders of the performance could physically meet. This presented an opportunity for a collaboration geographically dispersed: Lyto Triantafyllidou wrote the play in New York, while the cast and crew of the performance were in Los Angeles, New Haven, Boston, Athens, Greece, and Istanbul, Turkey. Reflecting the universality of the experience forced by Covid-19, the play has already been translated and released in English, Greek and Turkish, while more languages are expected to follow.
In a time where the discussion about arts and theatre, the performance of “Talk Tomorrow” explores digital media as a way of theater artists to develop their work and interact with an audience, begging the question: How the Covid-19 crises will affect Theater Art?
Originally from Greece, Lyto Triantafyllidou is a New York based theater maker, interested in exploring new ideas, colorful stories and unfamiliar cultures, through creating theater works that expand an audience’s moral imagination. She has presented work in different festivals and platforms in the United States, UK, Israel and Greece. “Talk Tomorrow” is her first full play. She is at www.lytotr.com Buket Gülbeyaz, is an actor who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. Some of her international credits include Off-Broadway plays like Bee, The Book of Liz, Hak, House of Karen and Habitat is a play written and directed by Buket and it made its Off-Off-Broadway debut in 2017. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School, Buket continues her work in Istanbul and New York while spending most of her time to develop a new technique on awareness and sensory work. She is at www.buketgulbeyaz.com
The audience is invited to visit the 45’ minutes performance at www.talktomorrow.net
Talk Tomorrow (English) / Yarın Konuşuruz (Turkish)
By Lyto Triantafyllidou
Translated by Buket Gülbeyaz
Actors Buket Gülbeyaz, Aykut Yılmaz, Ariya Toprak, and Nick Chris
Sound Design Elif Gülin Soğuksu