8th Annual Festival of Short Plays Exploring the Middle East
featuring plays by
Yussef El Guindi, Naomi F. Wallace, Ignacio Zulueta, and others
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind annual festival that turns San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative and thought-provoking theatre. Now in it’s 8th year, the ReOrient Festival will once again present the best writing from or about the Middle East.
January 10 – February 3
Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
The Monologist Suffers for Her Monologue by Egyptian-born playwright Yussef El Guindi, directed by Arlene Hood. A Palestinian-American explores her identity in this poignant and comedic monologue. In the dialogue of nations, do you ever get the feeling that Palestine is just a whiny monologue?
o Pistachio Stories by Lebanese-American playwright Laura Shamas, directed by Mark Ruthier. This funny and touching play boils down the issues of government surveillance, censorship and freedom of speech to one simple question: What would you do if you received an unexpected bag of red pistachios from Syria?
o Between This Breath and You by Naomi Wallace, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, directed by Amy Mueller. A Palestinian man refuses to leave a clinic unless he speaks to the Israeli nurse in charge. She soon recognizes a hidden connection between them—a connection much stronger than their cultural divide could ever be.
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o 22 Minutes Remaining by Oakland playwright Ignacio Zulueta, directed by Evren Odcikin. An Israeli soldier is doing his job: warning the residents of a village in Southern Lebanon to vacate before an imminent attack. With only 22 minutes remaining before the next bomb hits, one of the calls he makes is about to alter his world completely.
o I Sell Souls by Iranian poet Simin Behbehani, directed by Golden Thread Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian.