What Do the Women Say?
The Second Annual
International Women's Day Performance
on the Middle East

PLAYS
o     Pressing Beyond in Between
written and performed by Soha Al-Jurf

A Palestinian-American playwright and performer's exploration of social, political, and personal boundaries. This autobiographical solo performance examines the challenges of defining personal identity within the context of gender, religion, and nationality.

o     Is created and performed by Lana Nasser
A unique blend of sacred belly dance and performance art

o     11:11-Part Three-Now
created by Lana Nasser & Torange Yeghiazarian
performed
by Torange Yeghiazarian
Third of three episodes in a performance piece exploring an Iranian woman's emancipation.

o     Goosheh
presented by Haleh Hatami
Goosheh is a tradition comic form presented during Tazieh, an Iranian passion play commemorating Imam Hussain's martyrdom in the desert of Karbala in the 7th century, the formative event for Shiite Islam. This version of the comic "side show" combines contemporary and traditional elements. Featuring Alexander the Great, Elizabeth Taylor and your local meter maid.

 
Tickets

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Dates

RUN:  March 7 & 8, 2006 @ 8pm

Admission

$10 General Admission

Performed At

Thick House
1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Synopsis

In celebration of International Women's Day, The Shee Theatre Company and Golden Thread Productions present an evening of theatre, poetry and dance: women's voices from the Middle East.

Started in 1909 in the U.S., International Women’s Day  (8 March) is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. The Shee Theatre Company and Golden Thread productions have come together to celebrate this occasion with a weekend of live performance.

Artist Biographies

Soha Al-Jurf
Soha Al-Jurf was born in Nablus, Palestine, and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. She has recently returned to the United States after spending the past year living in Palestine where she was working with Ashtar Theater Company on Theatres of the Oppressed techniques. While in Palestine, she also taught voice and singing technique to Palestinian students at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music of Palestine.

The first reading of Pressing Beyond In Between was presented at the Theaters Against War Festival in 2003 in NYC. She has since performed Pressing at the Women of Color Festival in NYC, the New Freed Woman Project in Boston, at Tunxis Community College in Connecticut, and at Boston Playwrights Theater.

Lana Nasser
Lana Nasser is a performing artist (dancer/poet) and ethnographer.  Her research includes the study of Dreams and Middle Eastern mythology. She holds a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from JFK U., and a BA in Psychology/Fine Arts from George Washington U. She has performed, lectured and led workshops in the United States and Jordan. She most recently presented ‘The Dance of Isis’ at the De Young Museum, SF.

Torange Yeghiazarian
Torange Yeghiazarian is the Founder and Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, dedicated to theater that explores Middle Eastern culture and identity represented throughout the globe.  Torange is an Iranian-born theatre artist of Armenian heritage, and she writes, directs and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She made her directorial debut with WAVES, which premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences and received rave reviews from Bay Area critics.  She has adapted and directed Aristophanes' Lysistrata in her production OPERATION NO PENETRATION, Lysistrata 97!  Her other directing credits include Albert Camusâ Caligula and Sadegh Hedayatâs Behind the Glass Window.  She has performed in Persian in Farhad Ayeeshâs Last Supper Comedy at the Darvag Theater in Berkeley and Dario Foâs one-woman show A Woman Alone at the Live Oak Theater. Torange received her Masterâs degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University where she collaborated with the San Francisco Mime Troupe in creating the melodrama TORCH.