Playwrights Foundation’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival presents a workshop presentation
in association with Golden Thread Productions
WE SWIM, WE TALK, WE GO TO WAR
by Mona Mansour
directed by Evren Odcikin
dramaturged by Sonia Fernandez
While trying to navigate the currents of the Pacific, a woman of Arab descent and her nephew, who has enlisted in the military, dip into the treacherous waters of identity, family, and allegiance. Structurally adventurous and playful, We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War takes the form of a literal conversation on stage, and expands into a nuanced dialogue about what it means to be American, Arab, and Arab-American at our current moment in time.
This play was commissioned by Middle East America; a National New Plays Initiative, created by Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco), The Lark (New York City), and Silk Road Rising (Chicago). Mona Mansour is the third winner of the Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, which was previously awarded to Adriana Sevahn Nichols and Yussef El Guindi.
Sunday, July 16, at 5:30pm and
Friday, July 21, at 8pm
at Custom Made Theatre (533 Sutter Street, San Francisco)
Commissions with a Mission: To Create a Middle Eastern American Plays
American Theatre Magazine’s Lizzie Simon writes about our Middle East America commissioning initiative after attending the 2016 Middle East America Convening.