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Oh My Sweet Land
by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, featuring Nora el Samahy
The critically-acclaimed production returns for an extended run!
Inspired by interviews with Syrian refugees, this tour-de-force solo show 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. 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.
“Extraordinary . . . el Samahy’s storytelling is as riveting as her cooking.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Love, Bombs, and Apples
by Hassan Abdulrazzak
directed by Rosemunde Hutt, featuring Asif Khan
presented in association with Turtle Key Arts
The critically-acclaimed production makes its U.S. debut after two sold-out runs in London!
A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time. Love, Bombs & Apples is the comic tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.
“Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find bubbling humor in the most over-trodden tragedies” —The Stage
by Guillermo Calderón
directed by Evren Odcikin
A Shotgun Players production in association with Golden Thread Productions
A mind-bending political thriller dressed up as a love story
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it’s like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes. With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality.
“There’s a freshness and forcefulness to Calderón’s work, which marries the urgency of politics to the playful joy of theatremaking.” —American Theatre Magazine
We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War
by Mona Mansour
directed by Evren Odcikin
A Middle East America: A National New Play Initiative commission
What happens when you fundamentally disagree with someone you love?
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 world premiere marks the fourth play by Mona Mansour to receive a production at Golden Thread, following Urge For Going, and two short plays (The House and Kamal’s Letter) co-written with Tala Manassah.
“What distinguishes Mansour’s work is its compassion for the thorny nature of family, identity, and politics.” —American Theatre Magazine
What Do the Women Say? 2018
Our annual celebration of International Women’s Day
Each year, Golden Thread Productions celebrates International Women’s Day by showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists. Previous featured artists include Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones), Majeda Al Saqqa (Culture and Free Thought Association, Gaza Strip), Anita Amirrezvani (The Blood of Flowers, Equal to the Sun), Nawal el Saadawi (Memoirs from the Women’s Prison), Denmo Ibrahim (Baba, ECSTASY | a waterfable), Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Rohiha Malek (Unveiled), Ayesha Mattau (Love Inshallah), Zahra Noorbakhsh (All Atheists are Muslim, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim), Shahrnush Parsipur (The Prison Memoirs, Women Without Men), Deema Shehabi (Thirteen Departures From the Moon), Seema Sueko (Remains), Rosemary Toohey (The Body Washer), and singer Dina Zarif.
“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 2018 Staged Reading Series
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