The Country and the Happiness
Conceived & Directed by Onur Karaoglu
The Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue
Between 120th & 122nd Streets
Director: Onur Karaoglu
Set Designer: Ji-Youn Chang
Light Designer: Joe Novak
Costume Designer: Meg Zeder
Sound Designer: Amy Altadonna
Video Designer: Octavio Warnock-Graham
Dramaturg: David G. Schultz
General Manager: Regina Vorria
Company Manager: Gretchen Page
Stage Manager: Amanda Raymond
Assistant Stage Managers: Amy Steinman, Natalie Zhang
Cast: Jason Martin, Adam Miller, Jeremy
Pickard Grayson Powell, Monica Santana, Rod Williams
Based on real-life recorded interviews and developed under an intricate improvisational process,
this multimedia experience portrays the stories of two musicians.
The Country and the Happiness is an international, multiracial theatrical event, where piano, jazz, and rap sounds all coexist
together on stage and become the creative vehicle through which the characters talk about music,
life, success, faith, hope, and disappointment.
It all leads up to one main question: How can one
be happy and find pure artistic expression in a life full of struggles?
Onur Karaoglu is originally from Istanbul and is the founder and Artistic Director
of the non-profit Studio 4 Istanbul, an independent company that produces cinematic and theatrical
works and searches for new methods of expression in both disciplines. Columbia University directing
credits include his own adaptation of Uncle Vanya, Emperor Jones and Revolution Trilogy (an
adaptation of Brecht, Genet and Fassbinder texts). His theatre and film works have been featured in
worldwide festivals over fifteen countries including the Netherlands, Canada, Korea and Australia.
He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Film Studies from Bogazici University in Turkey.
Photos by Carol Rosegg.
Click here to download the press release.
Click here to download the production program.