Akademie Schloss Solitude is very happy for Ebru Nihan Celkan, Jean-Jacques-Rousseau-fellow in 2019, whose play Last Park Standing premieres on October 31th at Schauspiel Stuttgart.
In Last Park Standing, Ebru Nihan Celkan explores what people are willing to sacrifice for their ideals, like the German-Turkish lovers Umut and Janina during summer 2013 in Istanbul. In the German premiere at Kammertheater Stuttgart director Nuran David Calis senses the crucial test between self-protection and altruism of political engagement. In the past he has worked with complex political themes more than once.
Ebru Nihan Celkan was born 1979 in Adana. She works as an author, dramaturg, teaches dramaturgic and performative writing at several universities, and leads workshops about women’s rights, gender equality, and diversity. Since 2014 she has been writing for the Turkish daily newspaper Evrensel and give advice to NGOs. In her plays she deals with the taboos and grievance of the Turkish society. In 2019 Ebru Nihan Celkan was fellow of the Jean-Jacques-Rousseau-program at the Akademie.
Ebru Nihan Celkan started to write the play Last Park Standing 2017 at international writing laboratory »Krieg und Frieden«, a cooperation between Neues Institut für Dramatisches Schreiben (NIDS), Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. During her fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude she revised the first version of the play, which premiered in Istanbul at the beginning of 2019, for the German premiere at Schauspiel Stuttgart.