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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


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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. 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 that take place at private homes, restaurants, and GLIDE, Oh My Sweet Land will also perform at Stanford University (10/18 at 2pm) and Google (10/20 at 3pm) exclusively for those served by the institutions. These performances are not on sale to the general public.

Golden Thread has partnered with the International Rescue Committee Oakland to raise awareness about their resettlement services in the Bay Area. Please donate to support their work.

Production Photos


Oh My Sweet Land in SF ChronicleThe Kitchen Counter is Stage in Oh My Sweet Land

Our production gets the highest rating from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oh My Sweet Land harks back to a primal joy: that of sitting at the counter of an experienced cook, to watch, listen and smell as she works and tells stories.”

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Oh My Sweet Land in SF/ARTSOne-Woman Play Captures Yearning for Home
Jean Schiffman from SF/ARTS interviews the artists of Oh My Sweet Land.

“Suffused with rich sensorial detail, a dollop of mordant humor and an ineffable yearning for home, “Oh My Sweet Land” is about characters, says Yeghiazarian, who are driven by urgency, a need for protection and the need to protect.”

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Oh My Sweet Land in SF ExaminerOh My Sweet Land Details Syrians’ Struggles, With Food
Leslie Katz from SF Examiner reviews the show.

““Oh My Sweet Land” is a sensitive, savory one-woman show about the plight of Syrians.”

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Oh My Sweet Land in American Theatre MagazineTwo Ingredients of Oh My Sweet Land: A Refugee Crisis and Kibbeh

American Theatre Magazine features the bi-coastal productions of the play.

“The deep connection with the food is what ties [the character] in to her lineage, her heritage. In the Arab world, hospitality and nourishing your children and family and friends are paramount.”

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Oh My Sweet Land in The Mercury NewsStirring up Syrian Tales of Survival in Bay Area Kitchens
Sam Hurwitt speaks to Nora el Samahy and Torange Yeghiazarian for The Mercury News

“I love that there’s this deep generosity in the piece about sharing these stories. And these characters you meet are not monolithic. They’re not tragic. The situation has been tragic, but these are full people.”

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

Technical Consultant: Kate Boyd
Chef Consultant: Brian Espinoza
Props Master: Grisel Torres
Kibbeh Expert: Rawaa Kasedah
Costume Consultant: Michelle Mulholland
Graphic Design: Navid G. Maghami
Stage Manager: Celeste Jacobson-Ingram*
Assistant Stage Manager: Benjamin Shiu
Box Office Assistant: Niku Sharei

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

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

Oh My Sweet Land is based on interviews conducted by Corrinne Jaber and Amir Nizar Zuabi. The play premiered at the Young Vic in London in 2014. Oh My Sweet Land is presented by special arrangement with Judy Daish Associates, Ltd.

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San Francisco, CA 94107

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