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ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays

Seven short plays. One unforgettable evening of theatre.

Think you know the Middle East? Think again. An Arab-American couple must choose a name for their unborn child. A troupe of actors rehearse a political play under the watchful eye of the government. A leftie Iranian-American and a Trump supporter fi nd themselves together at a Thanksgiving dinner. These are just some of the stories of ReOrient 2017!

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, Japan, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S. all on one stage.

Selected from 79 submissions from 14 countries, the ReOrient 2017 plays are:
Manar by Melis Aker, directed by Erin Gilley
The War on Terror by E.H. Benedict, directed by Sara Razavi
A is For Ali by Sevan K. Greene, directed by Sara Razavi
The Rehearsal by Hannah Khalil, directed by Evren Odcikin
Shelter, poetry by Junichi P. Semitsu, stage soundscape adapted by Torange Yeghiazarian and James Ard
Make No Mistake by Betty Shamieh, directed by Susannah Martin
Thanksgiving at Khodabakhshian’s by Torange Yeghiazarian, directed by Susannah Martin

November 17–December 10, 2017
at Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco)
Thursdays–Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
Previews: November 17-19; Opening: Monday, November 20; No performance: Thursday, November 23

Buy Tickets
Previews $15 | General Admission $36 | Student/Senior $26 (No additional fees)

Thanks to San Francisco Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, The Fleischhacker Foundation, University of San Francisco, and The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley for their generous support of ReOrient 2017.


ReOrient Artists

Actors: Atosa Babaoff*, Naseem Etemad*, Mohamed Chakmakchi, Stephen Kaniski, Lawrence Radecker*, Jessica Risco, Bella Warda

Dramaturgs: Nakissa Etemad and Anna Woodruff

Design team: James Ard (sound), Cassie Barnes (lights), Kate Boyd (scenic), Beckett Finn (technical director), Erin Gilley (projections), Brooke Jennings (costumes), Grisel Torres (props)

Stage Management: Karen Runk* (stage manager), Jenna Apollonia and Benjamin Shiu (assistant stage managers)

*Member, Actors’ Equity


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!

Contact Us

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

Box Office:
Phone: 415.626.4061