Turkish-German playwright Nurkan Erpulat discusses immigrant identity

DURHAM, NC – Seven German youths, each assuming a different pose, stood before a silent audience, spitting and swearing before sitting down in a row of yellow chairs.

The opening scene of Turkish-German playwright Nurkan Erpulat’s acclaimed work, Verrücktes Blut (Crazy Blood), is a surreal and ironic examination of teenage immigrant identity in modern Germany. Erpulat fielded audience questions about Verrücktes Blut after a film screening of the play in Perkins Library Monday night.

Germanic Studies professor Ann Marie Rasmussen, who helped organize Erpulat’s visit, said she wanted to host the talk because his work addresses modern Europe’s most pressing cultural issue.

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