Standing from left: Atosa Babaoff*, Behzad Golemohammadi, Lara Palanjian, Earll Kingston*,
Sitting from left: Valerie de Jose*, Joe Higgins*, Toby Brooks, Vida Ghahremani, Ruby Unger*
* Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
Golden Thread Productions Presents San Francisco Bay Area Premiere of
by Leslie Ayvazian
An Armenian-American familys journey towards accepting the past and embracing the future.
Winner of Roger L. Stevens and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award
Nine Armenians has been presented at the Mark Taper Forum in LA,
the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.
March 29 April 14, 2002
Thursday Saturday, 8:30 pm. Sundays, 7:30 pm.
Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center Building D, San Francisco
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General Admission $20, Senior/TBA Discount $18
Preview, March 29th, $10
Student Rush Tickets $10
Special Fundraiser Performance with Reception, Saturday, April 6th, $50
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Directed by Torange Y eghiazarian Dramaturg: Hal G elb
Set Design: Zara H oushmand Lighting Design: Rob A nderson
Costume Design: Rebecca F eller Sound Design: Said G anji
Stage Manager: Hilda L. R oe
Nine Armenians is the story of three generations of Armenian-Americans embracing the future by connecting with their history. In this award-wining play, Leslie Ayvazian has beautifully depicted the reality of facing a horrific past without shame or fear. The Armenian Genocide is a particularly sensitive subject, as the Turkish government has never acknowledged it. The playwright takes a risk by shedding light on the painful recollections of the past. But isnt this validation the only way to reach understanding and restore faith in the future?
The grand parents in the play are survivors of the Armenian genocide who never taught their children how to speak Armenian because they wanted them to be real Americans. But now, as the grand father is facing his own mortality, he feels an urgency to impart the truth to the next generation. His death in the first scene is the impetus for the eldest daughter to travel to Armenia for the first time. She must see with her own eyes what she has only been told about all her life.
Ms. Ayvazian is the recipient of the Roger L. Stevens and the Susan Smith Blackburn award for Nine Armenians. She also received a fellowship from the New Jersey Council of the Arts and assistance from the New Harmony Writers Project in developing this play. Her numerous works have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in major regional theatres. In addition to her writing achievements, Ms. Ayvazian is an accomplished actress and teacher.
Torange writes, acts and directs for the theatre and is the founder and Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions. Among Toranges writing/directing credits are ABAGA, The Myth of Creation; Publicly Resting; Behind Glass Windows; Operation No Penetration; Lysistrata 97! and Waves. She has performed in a number of plays and independent films. Born in Iran, Torange received her Masters degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with the San Francisco Mime Troupe in creating the melodrama, TORCH!