In February and March of 2007, ShawChicago Artistic Director Robert Scogin traveled to Konya, Turkey to stage a Turkish language production of Bernard Shaw's anti-romantic comedy, Arms and the Man.
The production was an entry in the Selcuk University Second International Theater Festival. Shaw's play, titled in Turkish Silahar Ve Kahraman, was a production of the Turkish State Theater Conservatory which is situated on the campus of Selcuk University, the largest university in Turkey, with more than 75,000 students.
The director was given invaluable assistance by his translator in the enterprise, Nezhi Onur, professor of English at Selcuk University and an instructor in the State Theater Conservatory.
The production and Mr. Scogin's stay in Turkey was generously supported by Professor Dr. Kursat Turgut, Vice Rector of Selcuk University. Other participants in the Second International Theater Festival came from Poland, Ukraine, Crimea-Tatar, and the Anadolu University Turkish State Theater Conservatory in Eskishihir.