Golden Thread Fairytale Players offer a repertoire of youth-oriented educational theater performances based on stories and traditions from the Middle East.
Inspired by popular performance traditions such as Hakawati, Ru-hozi, Naghalli, Karagoz, and Commedia dell Arte, Golden Thread Fairytale Players employ epic story-telling, puppetry and circus arts techniques in creating performances that draw from enriching folk tales and important historical texts. Far from being archaic museum pieces, these dynamic and humorous shows invite audience participation and make unexpected connections to contemporary culture. Golden Thread Fairytale Players performances appeal to all audiences—children and adults—for their highly entertaining value and important capacity to develop deeper appreciation for diverse cultural traditions.
Productions include a post-performance Question & Answer session with the cast, as well as an informational brochure containing background on themes of the play and resources for further learning.
21 Days that Change the Year
21 Days that Change the Year is a delightful performance frames an ancient tale from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh within contemporary adventures of a sister and brother eagerly awaiting the coming of Nowruz. Starting from spring cleaning and setting a traditional Haft-seen table, to Charshanbeh-suri where children jump over fire, and the Sizdeh-bedar picnic which concludes the rite of spring ceremonies, 21 Days will introduce audiences to the rituals of the Iranian New Year, Nowruz.
30-minute Performance by 2 Actors
Appropriate for families and children, ages 5-15
Touring the Bay Area March-April 2014
Public performance at San Leandro Library | 300 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro | March 21 at 4pm.
The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba
The Fifth String: Ziryab’s Passage to Cordoba, is a new play with original live music based on the colorful character and life of Ziryab, the 9th-century musician and cultural guru. Credited with transporting Persian and Arabic music to Andalucía, Ziryab left Baghdad and settled in Cordoba where he established a conservatory of music, later run by his daughter, and became a leading figure in fashion, cuisine and court culture. This unique and visually engaging family production highlights the shared history of the Middle East and Europe, and Cordoba’s significant role as a cultural magnet and art/philosophy incubator.
70-minutes Performance by 7-member Ensemble and Live Music
Appropriate for families and youth of all ages, including teens and young adults
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1pm at the Islamic Cultural Center, Oakland
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1pm at Brava Theatre Center, San Francisco
Past productions of Fairytale Players have been performed at Asian Art Museum, La Pena Cultural Center, Islamic Cultural Center, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, the United States of Asian America Festival, San Francisco TheatreFest, and the Dia de los Niños Festival in San Francisco, as well as numerous schools and libraries in the Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.