Cast of Immigrants and Refugees to Perform World Premiere of Privatopia, Written by Greek Playwright


Long Island City, NY—November 3, 2015—LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) at LaGuardia Community College — an emerging destination for international work that reflects the issues confronting its uniquely diverse Queens location — is pleased to present the world premiere of Privatopia, written by Greek playwright Maria Efstathiadi and directed by Handan Ozbilgin, LPAC’S Assistant Artistic Director.

Privatopia sheds light on the increasing fear of “otherness” rampant in modern societies. A mixed cast of immigrants and refugees, including five LaGuardia Community College students, will perform the work, which marks the playwright’s U.S. debut, November 5–14.

In a world where wealth inequality is rampant and a global migrant refugee crisis continues, Privatopia investigates the tensions that arise when a population of refugees challenges the inhabitants of a wealthy gated community. Efstathiadi paints an absurd and brutally funny portrait of this wealthy community as its members desperately try to hold on to their privilege.

The cast of 11, performing the world premiere of the play (in English), come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Greece, Turkey and Columbia. The production also features live and recorded verbatim testimonials by refugees from Afghanistan and Syria.

Tickets are $25 ($20 Student and Senior) and can be purchased at or by calling 718.482.5151. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is located at 31-10 Thomson Ave. Long Island City, NY.


When: Nov. 5 – 7 & Nov. 12 – 14 at 8 p.m., Nov. 8 at 3 p.m., Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, NY

Who: Written by Maria Eustathiades
Directed by Handan Ozbilgin

Cast – LaGuardia Community College students and others

Tickets: $25 ($20 Student and Senior)


AboutLaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at a rate 20% higher than the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curricula and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.

AboutLaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is a cultural “bridge” and integral part of LaGuardia Community College, located in the most culturally diverse urban area in the world, Queens, NY.  LPAC has a long and respected history of engaging, presenting, and producing new artistic work by diverse, international artists. The organization has evolved into a destination for high quality theatre, dance, and performing arts from emerging artists who are transforming the international arts community.