Autobiography of a Terrorist

Autobiography of a Terrorist

a world premiere play by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
directed by Evren Odcikin

Saïd has written a play about growing up Iranian and Jewish-American during the Iran hostage crisis. As he and his well-meaning collaborators try to stage his script, things go quickly and hilariously from bad to worse. Will Saïd ever be able to just fit in? Whiting Award–winning writer Sayrafiezadeh (Brief Encounters With the Enemy, When Skateboards Will Be Free) brilliantly pokes fun at the complications of hyphenated identity in America.

“Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is a name you may want to remember. He writes with extraordinary power.” —The New York Times

April 14-May 7, 2017
at Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco)
Thursdays–Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
Previews: April 14-16; Opening: Monday, April 17; No performance: Thursday, April 20

Thanks to The Zellerbach Family Foundation for their generous support of Autobiography of a Terrorist.

Production Photos

Special Artist Conversation

Sunday, April 16, following the 3pm matinee
Join us for a post-show discussion with Autobiography of a Terrorist playwright Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and filmmaker Raeshma Razvi and calligrapher Arash Shirinbab, who lead Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California’s arts programs. Moderated by Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian, the conversation will explore how Muslim artists are responding to the current political atmosphere in America.

Press About Autobiography of a Terrorist

San Francisco Chronicle
Meta humor and politics collide in Autobiography of a Terrorist
Playwright Said Sayrafiezadeh and Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian are interviewed by SF Chronicle‘s Brandon Yu.
J Weekly
The name game: Playwright mines identity issues in comic Terrorist
Playwright Said Sayrafiezadeh is interviewed by J Weekly‘s Robert Nagler Miller.
SF/Arts Monthly Theatre Pick
Autobiography of a Terrorist is a theatre pick for SF/Arts Monthly‘s Jean Schiffman.


A multi-layered, intellectually complex, and splendid piece of work… Under Odcikin’s deft (and often breathless) direction, Golden Thread’s ensemble of five determined artists jumps through acting hoops that range from hilariously fake attempts at empathy to painfully honest confessions; from surprisingly agile bits of physical comedy to heartbreaking moments of personal cruelty.”
The Huffington Post

“The show is often very funny, especially in the many uncomfortable moments between the performers. Just as often, it’s disturbing in how aptly it captures how thin people’s veneer of tolerance can be, even — or rather especially — when they believe it to be genuine.”
The Mercury News

“Relax everybody — Autobiography is a comedy! No bombs or blood. Just a provocative (and amusing) account of what it meant to be a ‘hyphenated American’.”
Pacific Sun

“Throughout Autobiography, there’s a running joke about people mispronouncing [Said’s last name]: “Stirfryday” is the funniest example. The play repeats this seemingly unimportant point to make a larger one. A certain American demographic remains indifferent and wary of other cultures and other languages. For those who can’t pass as a Smith or Jones, Sayrafiezadeh also points out that the rah-rah jingoism of a USA chant always carries a belligerent edge.”
SF Weekly

Autobiography of a Terrorist feels like art imitating life — brilliantly.”

Plan Your Visit

Potrero Stage was formerly known as Thick House, and is located in Potrero Hill, at 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Street parking is available nearby. Potrero Stage is also accessible by public transportation. The theatre is just a short bus ride from the 16th Street BART Station and accessible on the following Muni Bus Lines: 10, 19 & 22.

Potrero Stage is wheelchair accessible.

Planning an evening on the town? Check out these local eateries within walking distance of Potrero Stage!

Artist Bios

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
(Playwright) About
Evren Odcikin
(Director) About

Jenna Apollonia, Patricia Austin, Cassidy Brown*, Alan Coyne, Damien Seperi

Creative Team:
Jenna Apollonia (assistant stage manager), Cassie Barnes (lighting designer), Miyuki Bierlein (costume designer), Christian Cagigal (magic consultant), Beckett Finn (technical director), Sara Huddleston (sound designer), Benjamin Shiu* (stage manager), Torange Yeghiazarian (producer)

*Member Actors’ Equity

Contact Us

Golden Thread Productions
1695 18th Street, #C101 Annex
San Francisco, CA 94107

Box Office:
Phone: 415.626.4061