join us for a season that fosters real conversations about issues that matter.
|THE 3 SHOW PASS ($87) offers the best value and priority access to our 2018 Season. Each pass includes one ticket to each of our three mainstage productions at a deep discount, and gives you access to tickets to our highly-anticipated run of Oh My Sweet Land before the general public.|
West Coast Premiere
Oh My Sweet Land
by Amir Nizar Zuabi with the collaboration of Corinne Jaber
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, featuring Nora el Samahy
The critically-acclaimed production returns for an extended run!
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, this tour-de-force solo show was inspired by interviews with Syrian refugees and complicates our understanding of the conflict in Syria and highlights the resilience of the Syrian people. Each performance, performed at private and community kitchens around the Bay Area, will be followed by food sharing and community conversation.
March 1-30, 2018 | Touring Bay Area kitchens
“Extraordinary . . . el Samahy’s storytelling is as riveting as her cooking.” —SF 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.
April 19–May 6, 2018 | Potrero Stage (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)
“Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find bubbling humor in the most over-trodden tragedies” —The Stage
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. Lebanese-American writer Mona Mansour returns to Golden Thread for her fourth and most ambitious production to date.
November 16–December 16, 2018 | Potrero Stage (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)
“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: Dismantling Patriarchy
Our annual celebration of International Women’s Day
This year’s program showcases the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists that are working to expose and eradicate toxic masculinity at home, at work, and on the national stage. Featuring a presentation by Yemeni-American visual artist Yasmine Diaz about her collage series, “Dismantling Patriarchy;” a dramatic reading by Atosa Melody Babaoff of the short story “White Torture” by Iranian author Farnoosh Moshiri; a performance by Lebanese-American singer Naima Shalhoub featuring music from her album Live in San Francisco County Jail; and an excerpt from the documentary film The Judge by Erika Cohn and Sara Maamouri about the Arab world’s first woman Sharia judge. After the presentations, Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian will facilitate a conversation with the participating artists and the audience. Reem’s Bakery will sell food in the lobby starting at 6pm.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8pm | Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)
“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. Join the creative process of a new play and discover brilliant gems never before seen in the Bay Area.
June, 2018 | Brava Theater Center (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)
“Terrific acting and engaging writing… I loved witnessing the great cast and direction of an in-development play.” —New Threads 2016 Audience member
A Shotgun Players production in association with Golden Thread Productions
by Guillermo Calderón
directed by Evren Odcikin
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.
August 23-September 23, 2018 | Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley)
“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