2017 Season

Our 20th Anniversary celebration continues.

2017 brings an ambitious and truly international season of new work featuring artists and stories from or about Iran, Syria, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, Armenia, England, and the U.S. Sharing immigrant, Muslim, and Middle Eastern narratives has never been more important. Immerse yourself in our plays, take part in essential conversations, and challenge mainstream narratives!


Said Sayrafiezadeh
World premiere

Autobiography of a Terrorist

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
directed by Evren Odcikin
April 14–May 7, 2017
Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House), 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

A fiercely funny dive into the absurdity of the immigrant experience

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 playwright and memoirist 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


ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays

ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays

Seven short plays. One unforgettable evening of theatre.
November 17–December 10, 2017
Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House), 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Think you know the Middle East? Think again.

ReOrient 2017 will turn San Francisco into a mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from or about the Middle East. Nowhere else will you find plays and artists from Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S. all on one stage. Selected from 79 submissions from 14 countries, the ReOrient 2017 writers are Melis Aker, E.H. Benedict, Sevan K. Greene, Hannah Khalil, Betty Shamieh, and Torange Yeghiazarian.

“Humanity is at the core of ReOrient. If theatre is community, it starts here. If the goal of theatre is to expand our viewpoint, to enrich our knowledge, and to embrace empathy, then ReOrient hugely succeeds.” —Stark Insider


Nora el Samahy
Limited engagement

Oh My Sweet Land

by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
featuring Nora el Samahy
October, 2017
Touring Bay Area kitchens

A tour-de-force solo show based on interviews with Syrian refugees

While cooking the Syrian delicacy kibbeh, an actress recalls her obsession with a Syrian refugee that returns to his war-torn nation to be near his family. Offering an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee crisis, Oh My Sweet Land was created by Zuabi, the founder of the Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, in collaboration with German-Syrian actress Corinne Jaber, based on interviews with numerous refugees in Jordan.

“Extraordinary… a stunning piece of reportage [that] takes an event that is constantly in the headlines and gives it a recognizable human face.” —The Guardian


What Do the Women Say? 2017
What Do the Women Say? 2017

Syria Mon Amour: Food, Home, and Healing

March 8, 2017
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco

Our annual celebration of International Women’s Day is dedicated to Syria.

Each year, Golden Thread Productions celebrates International Women’s Day by showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists. Inspired by our special presentation of Oh My Sweet Land, this year’s event will focus on food and its healing effects on our communities. The line-up includes an excerpt performance of Oh My Sweet Land by Nora el Samahy, a preview presentation of the documentary We Are Not Princesses by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam about Antigone of Syria, the drama workshop and performance by 35 Syrian women in refugee camps, a musical performance by Dina Zarif, and a conversation by chef Reem Assil.

“Beautiful, powerful, and informative… I feel very empowered as a woman and a Muslim after attending this event.” —What Do the Women Say? 2014 Audience member


New Threads 2017 Staged Reading Series

New Threads 2017 Staged Reading Series

July-August, 2017 | Brava Theater Center, San Francisco

Four new plays. Four singular voices.

Golden Thread’s popular staged reading series returns, introducing four new plays to the Bay Area. We invite you to laugh, cry, and think alongside these beautiful stories from and about the Middle East! Each play is teeming with unexpected humor, surprising characters, and important questions about the world we live in today. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage the director and the cast in conversation after each reading. Join the creative process of a new play and discover brilliant gems never before seen in the Bay Area.

“Terrific acting and engaging writing… I loved witnessing the great cast and direction of an in-development play. ” —New Threads 2016 Audience member


Fairytale Players 2017

Leila’s Quest For Flight

written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

New Fairytale Players show touring Bay Area schools and libraries

When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gathers to help her accomplish her goal. Past productions of Fairytale Players have been performed at Asian Art Museum, La Peña Cultural Center, Islamic Cultural Center, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, the United States of Asian America Festival, San Francisco TheatreFest, and the Dia de los Niños Festival in San Francisco, as well as numerous schools and libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties.

Book Golden Thread Fairytale Players at your local school and library now: education@goldenthread.org.

“The students were very captivated by the talented acting. I think also having just two actors made it easier for students to focus and get the message. Thank you!” —Roosevelt Elementary Teacher

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Golden Thread Productions
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San Francisco, CA 94107

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