Playwright (b. 1930, Tekirdağ - d. 8 Temmuz 2012, Istanbul). His full name is Güngör Dilmen Kalyoncu, but he used a pseudonym as Güngör Kalyoncu in his first works. He respectively graduated from Biga Primary School, Istanbul İngiliz Erkek High School, Çapa High School and Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Classical Philology (1960). Then, he worked at temporary jobs in Erzurum, Ankara and Istanbul and sometimes worked as translator. After he completed his education, firstly he went to Tel-Aviv and then to Athens to research on theater. He studied at the theater department at Yale and Washington Universities (1961-64) in USA with a scholarship he won. As he returned to Turkey; he started to work as the playwright and director at Istanbul City Theaters. Between the years of 1967-68; he worked as the text’s chief at the theatre department of Istanbul Radio. Following this position; he returned to City Theaters. In 1971, he gave lectures on Turkish language in Eastern Studies Department of Durham University in England. Between 1976 and 80, he worked as a dramaturg in Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and became the head of the Research Department. He was employed in Eskişehir Anadolu University as a lecturer (1982-83).
He tried to scrutinize the dilemma inside the human creature with concrete, international and contemporary dimensions. His plays are the mixture of the resources of drama, legends, and historical events with the local motives. In his solo play named “Ben Anadolu”, he discussed the social and historical positioning of women from Kybele till today in Anatolian cultures. In his work named Deli Dumrul, which was based upon the Dede Qorqut stories, he focused on the inner weaknesses and contradictions of the human. His play Canlı Maymun Lokantası focuses on the maturity-immaturity conflict and the conflict of material world and of emotional world through the stories of an American oil king and a Chinese poet who sells his brain.
Güngör Dilmen was given the Şinasi Efendi Theatre Prize by the General Center of People’s Houses for his work named “Canlı Maymun Lokantası” in 1963, İlhan İskender Award for Kurban in 1966-67, Yunus Nadi Scriptwriting Competition for “Anzavur” (he shared the first prize together with O. Arayıcı) in 1969-70, TDK Play Competition for “Midas'ın Kördüğümü” in 1975, Muhsin Ertuğrul Play Competition for “Deli Dumrul” in 1980, International Industry and Trade Bank’s Play Competition’s First Prize in 1984 and Ulvi Uraz Theatre Prize in 1986 for “Ben, Anadolu: Söylenceden Gerçeğe”, 1988 Turkey İş Bank Theatre Grand Prize for “Aşkımız Aksaray'ın En Büyük Yangını” in 1986, İsmet Küntay Theatre Prize and Ministry of Culture’s Prize for “Troya İçinde Vurdular Beni”.
Avcı Karkap (1960), Ayak Parmakları (1960), Midas’ın Kulakları (played in 1959, published in 1965), Canlı Maymun Lokantası (1965), Küp Hamit (1967), Kurban (1967, Midas’ın Kulakları - Midas’ın Altınları - Midas’ın Kördüğümü (triplet, 1979), Akad’ın Yayı (1967), İttihad ve Terakki (1968), Midas’ın Altınları (1970), Bağdat Hatun (1972), Midas’ın Kördüğümü (1975), Ak Tanrılar (1975), Deli Dumrul (1979, with Akad’ın Yayı, 1982), Hasan Sabbah (1983), Devlet ve İnsan (1990), Toplu Oyunları (2002), Montezuma, Anzavur, Ben Anadolu: Söylenceden Gerçeğe.
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