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Oh My Sweet Land

by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
featuring Nora el Samahy

Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show, based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee crisis, and the brutal war that led up to it. In the play, a woman of mixed Syrian-German parentage recalls her encounter with Ashraf, a Syrian man in Paris, all the while preparing kibbeh, a Syrian delicacy. When he disappears, she goes on an arduous journey in search of him that leads to stirring conversations with some of the two-million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. One part detective story, one part a woman’s reckoning with her heritage, Oh My Sweet Land complicates our understanding of the conflict in Syria and highlights the resilience of the Syrian people.

Zuabi says of his experience of working on the play: “We met people in the harshest moments of their life, yet still they were generous, full of grace, hope, and even humor. This piece is inspired by their stories but more than anything it is inspired by their spirit — that elastic rubber-like ability man has to adapt and to weather the storm.”


October 12-22, 2017

Instead of a traditional theater space, Oh My Sweet Land will be performed in kitchens around the Bay Area with performances followed by food sharing and community conversations.

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2017 venues include private homes, and restaurants like Reem’s and Birba. The performance includes the cooking of meat, onions, wheat, and spices. Some locations may not be accessible for those with disabilities or allergens may be present. Please see individual performance dates for pricing and more details. Along with public performances, Oh My Sweet Land will also perform at Glide Memorial Church (10/17 at 2pm) and Stanford University (10/18 at 2pm) exclusively for those served by the institutions. These performances are not on sale to the general public.

Oh My Sweet Land will continue its journey around the Bay Area on February 26-March 25, 2018. You can be a part of this exciting play by hosting a performance in the second leg of our tour. We are seeking private homes, restaurants, cafeterias, and community centers for both public and private performances. If you would like to host a performance or suggest a public venue, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you soon.


Amir Nizar Zuabi
(Playwright) About
Torange Yeghiazarian
(Director) About
Nora el Samahy*
(Actress) About

*Member Actors’ Equity

Thanks to California Arts Council, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Sam Mazza Foundation for their generous support of Oh My Sweet Land.

Golden Thread has partnered with the International Rescue Committee Oakland to raise awareness about their resettlement services in the Bay Area and the ways we all can help.

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