Read Subtitles Aloud
by Onur Karaoglu and Sister Sylvester
Art Direction by Christine Jones
Set and Costume Curation by Zoë Hurwitz
Read Subtitles Aloud will make you the main character in a story about a theater company trying to reinvent itself under the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. After a successful digital run in Turkey, MAX brings the series to the United States, where you discover the story by participating through 13 short episodes. Every episode is about 5 minutes.
Onur Karaoglu works between performance art and theater. Since 2010, his original and adapted writing and directing pieces were presented at spaces like garajistanbul, bomontiada Alt, Roxy, Heidelberg Theater and Rotterdam Schouwburg. His installations and video works were presented at Bahar (Sharjah Biennial 2017), SPOT, Operation Room and Artnivo. He is one of the founding members of Studio 4 Istanbul that is producing theater, film works and performance space KÖŞE in Yeldeğirmeni which then turned into an international performance festival. Between 2014-2019 he worked as the director of Orhan Pamuk’s Museum Of Innocence in Istanbul. Karaoglu teaches a class dealing with the link between performance art and theater at Boğaziçi since 2013. He received BA in Sociology at Boğaziçi University and MFA in Theater Directing at Columbia University in New York.
Sister Sylvester works with animals and technology to make cross species collaborations and cyborg theater. Her first work was about a person who was part cardboard box. The most recent, the ways politics forces technology to create new hybrids where computer hardware stands in for a lover’s touch. Housekeepers become their tools of labour with arms replaced by leather brushes. Humans, jellyfish and bacteria unite in a single organism on a petri-dish stage. Sister loves classic texts from theatre’s underbelly, and her patron saints are Jean Genet, Bertolt Brecht and Joan Littlewood. Sister Sylvester makes work in both New York and Istanbul. Recent work has toured to Humboldt University, Berlin; Bozar, Brussels; Frascati, Amsterdam; Arcola Theater, London; The Public Theater, New York, The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; Bomontiada, Istanbul. Residencies include: the Devised Theater Working Group, at The Public; The Public’s New Works program, at Brooklyn College; and The Park Avenue Armory.
Christine Jones is a Tony Award-winning scenographer and the Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Theatre for One in New York. Her West End scenography credits include Close to You, Let The Right One In and Spring Awakening. On Broadway her credits include American Idiot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical in 2009, Old Times, Hands on a Hardbody, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Every Day Rapture, Spring Awakening, for which she was Tony nominated, and The Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor. Jones made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2012 with her designs for Rigoletto. Some of her other designs include The Book of Longing, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen, with music by Philip Glass for the Lincoln Center Festival, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, and Burn This for Signature Theatre. She directed Queen of the Night, at the Paramount Hotel, which won a Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Experience of 2015, and has an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Set Design.