HEARTLAND by Gabriel Jason Dean
InterACT Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA (2019)
Dr. Harold Banks, an aging professor of Afghan studies in Nebraska, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while delivering foreign aid. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door with an incredible story and carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond.
Barrymore Awards Recommended Production
"An impeccable production. . . directed with smooth clarity by Evren Odcikin"
"In this interesting and moving drama, all three of the characters struggle, and all three actors bring that struggle to vivid life onstage under the fluid direction of Evren Odcikin."
"Director Evren Odcikin [has a] gifted and well-paced vision of the play."
—Philly Life & Culture
Tim Moyer, Nazli Sarpkaya, and Yousof Sultani
Jess DeStefano (Production Manager), Dirk Durosette (Set Designer), Katherine Fritz (Costume Designer), Humaira Ghilzai (Cultural Consultant), Tom Helmer (Stage Manager), Michael Kiley (Sound Designer), Philadelphia Scenic Works (Scene Shop), Maria Shaplin (Lighting Designer), Sam Volosky (Assistant Stage Manager), Kat Wheary (Properties Designer)
"Much praise is due Evren Odcikin for an admirable job in turning an engaging text into an excellent evening of theatre. The blocking dispenses with flourishes, focusing instead on achieving clarity of action and interaction. The pacing of the show is highly commendable."
—University City Review