EMRE ERDEM Turkey has been going through a difficult period in recent years. First, there was
the devastating earthquake of 1999. Then, in early 2001, the woes of chronic
inflation were greatly exacerbated by an economic crisis of equally seismic pro-
portions. Shock waves of the September 11 incident added to the problems.
Theatre was of course affected. Uncertainty dampened spirits. Caution replaced
audacity. Infighting within companies grew. Lavish productions were out, as was