Which is saying something. The story follows Yousef, a Turkmen government worker under the totalitarian regime of ruler-for-life Turkmenbashi (who died in 2006). One of Turkmenbashis many megalomaniacal eccentricities is his tendency to arbitrarily change the names of things, and its Youselfs job to cut the name of the old month of February out of all official documents so that it can be replaced with Baydak, the new name. At home, Yousef lives with a camel, says Colonna. He has some conversations with his roommate, and the conflict he has is sort of like the choice he makes to do something in the face of this oppressive regime, the monotony of his life and the absurdity of his situation in general.
It doesnt quite work out for him, he notes.
Buntport hardly ever remounts old productions, so theres no telling when or if theyll stage Baydak, originally produced in 2003, again. See it tonight at 8 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays, through April 23 at the Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. Tickets for tonights opening reception are $20. For showtimes, tickets or more information, go to www.buntport.com or call 720-946-1388.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through April 17, 2011