Through an ensemble of five actors – consisting of Maria Argentina Souza, Dahiana Castro, Buket Gulbeyaz, Ricardo Montt, and Brian Anthony Simmons – these monologues are delivered with vivid passion, to the point where tears were often seen running down their faces. Thanks to these heartfelt performances, as well as the sophisticated direction of Jee Duman, this show is just as potent as it is poetic, and ultimately left audience members feeling just as emotional as the actors they saw.
Standing out amongst them is Buket Gulbeyaz in the lead role of Izat, who delivered the strong, emotional, performance the role needs.
Buket Gulbeyaz as Izat was charming and sympathetic. She aged particularly well, moving from a young, innocent girl, through a nightmare of domestic abuse, into a cynical and experienced woman. The scene where she begs her father Rahman, effectively played by Vered Hankin, to help her divorce her first husband, is especially moving.
I first saw BEE as a work in development in 2017. Now it has returned, slightly revamped but no less provocative for the three-week run in New York City. (...) The central character is Izat (once again portrayed by Buket Gulbeyaz), a young, abused wife in Iran. Physically and mentally attacked by her husband, she never accepts her fate as inevitable or unchangeable. She challenges the standards of her time and culture and divorces, remarries, but most significantly evolves and grows from her experiences.
The piece is a moving, physical, humorous work revealing the diverse experiences and vulnerability of its characters.
Habitat is a play written by Buket Gulbeyaz. The first time director had been carrying this story with her since she was a college student in Turkey but she has never thought of it as a theatre play. Now an MFA Graduate student at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, she united with a diverse and passionate group of actors to give voice to theses marginalized complex characters.
Habitat” explores the story of five women through the lens of their relationships as friends and family by following their daily life within the transgender/queer community. The arrival of a guest and interruption of their society changes the life of the women and unfolds different layers of their personalities. The women’s existences constantly question the importance of safety and isolation as defining elements of their identity.