Golden Thread Productions Presents World Premiere of
The Love Missile
An An original anti-war musical
A surreal tale of passion, greed, denial and longing involving unnamable body fluids and orifice!
The play is a fusion of traditional American musical with Middle Eastern undertones as well as fantastical shadow puppetry. Original music is composed by Johaness Mager, Musical Director, composer, and Band Leader for Make*A*Circus from 1996 to 2002. Lisa Tateosian, dance choreographer, is a member of Khadra International Dance Theatre and Ballet Afsaneh, and has performed with Dance Brigade, CHODERA/dance, and Asian American Dance Performances.
Synopsis

When a Godzilla attack interrupts the source of Shappa-Imageanna’s addiction to consumer goods, the prominent scientist, Dr Z and his newly arrived assistant Sharifa, a legal immigrant from Distancia, work feverishly to find alternatives. Ultimately, they find importing the goods is the only option and as it turns out, Distancia has the best goods. The dictator of Distancia rejects the generous offers made by Shappa-Imageanna’s President leaving him no alternative but to attack – with Love, a drug developed by Dr. Z and Sharifa that induces universal love. But is Love really all we need? A surreal tale of passion, greed, denial and longing involving unnamable body fluids and orifice.

Artist Biographies
Hal Gelb (Playwright) As play doctor and researcher, dramaturg Hal Gelb has worked on plays by such writers as Millicent Dillon, Rick Foster, James Schevill and William Shakespeare. As a director, he’s staged works by Pinter (Betrayal), Hare (Knuckle), Mamet (Oleanna), Fugard (The Road to Mecca), Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and Bullins (Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam; Boy x Man; Teacup Full of Roses). For Golden Thread Productions, he directed Pinter-protégé Ghazi Rabihavi’s Stoning and Voices as well as Deep Cut (Karim Alrawi). Hal is the West
Johannes Mager (Musical Director & Composer) The Musical Director/Composer/Band Leader for Make*A*Circus in 1996-2002, he graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone and Composition. Co-founder of the New Music Ensemble, a leader of avant-garde music performance in the Bay Area in the 1970’s. He worked directly with such composers as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Terry Riley and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati. Johannes was the founder of the avant-garde music trio, Suono Della Fontana, which specialized in performing graphically notated music, and toured for several years in Europe. In the 1990’s, he wrote and performed a solo performance piece called Exit, presented at the Theatre Rhinoceros, toured with the Dell Arte Players, performing the music for their production of Redwood Trilogy, and wrote and performed the music and sound design for the Fratelli Bologna theatre group, and their production of Medea, which played for 6 weeks at the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco.
Janaki Ranpura (Playwright) is a puppeteer and physical theatre actor who studied at the LeCoq School in Paris. She has worked with Shadow Light Productions in the Bay Area, and co-created the original play Beneath Sita’s Belly, which ran in the 2002 San Francisco and Seattle Fringe Festivals.

Lisa Tateosian (Coreographer) A graduate of Mills College, Lisa’s primary dance training is in ballet, jazz and modern dance. She studies and performs various ethnic dance techniques with such companies as Khadra International Dance Theatre and Ballet Afsaneh. Lisa has also performed with Dance Brigade, CHODERA/dance, Asian American Dance Performances as well as musical productions at Diablo Light Opera Company, Willows Theatre, and Civic Arts Repertory.

Torange Yeghiazarian (Playwright) writes, acts and directs for the theatre and is the founder and artistic director of Golden Thread Productions. Among her writing/ directing credits are ABAGA (The Future), a lyrical tale of two generations of forbidden love: from Istanbul of 1915 to Jerusalem of 1935, and Operation No Penetration, Lysistrata 97! a contemporary adaptation of the classic Greek comedy where Palestinian and Israeli women unite to force their men to sign a peace treaty. Torange holds a Masters degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University. A staged reading of ABAGA (The Future) presented by Immigrant Theatre in New York was reviewed in the American Theatre Magazine (April 2002).
 










Tickets
Tickets available online at www.ticketweb.com, Tixbooth at Union Square, and the theatre Box Office.
Reservations/ Info: 510.986.9194
Dates
THREE-FOR-ONE PREVIEWS: Friday & Saturday, June 6th & 7th at 8:30 p.m.

Run: June 12 - 22, 2003, Thurs.-Sat., at 8:30 p.m. Sundays at 7:30 p.m

Admission

General $18
Discounts Available

Performed At

New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom St. (between 8th & 9th), San Francisco

Cast

Sofia Ahmad, Vida Ghahremani, Lenny Moors*, Andoni Panici, Carmen Elena Sosa*, William Todd Tressler*, Kris Welch

* Member Actors’ Equity Association. Pending AEA Approval

Crew
Written by Hal Gelb, Janaki Ranpura, and Torange Yeghiazarian
Directed by Norman Gee
Original Music Composed and Directed by Johannes Mager
Dance Coreography: Lisa Tateosian
Puppet Design and Direction: Janaki Ranpura
Set & Costume Design: Oran Bumroongchart
Lighting Design: Paul Meason
Production Manager: Robert Anderson
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