Stephanie Carwin (Houri)
George Q. Nguyen (Creatov)
Golden Thread Productions presents
of Short Plays
A new collection of works
written by playwrights from, or on themes concerning, the Middle East.� From fantastic to poignantly real, steeped
in music and drama, this year�s festival is sure to �ReOrient� your senses.
The 2-hr program includes four short plays:
The Myth of Creation
By Sadegh Hedayat one of Iran�s most
respected writers and social critics of the early 20th century.
Translated by M. Ghanoonparvar.
A cartoonish parody of the Adam &
Eve tale or did somebody say �Iranian
Angles in America?� Not!
Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
Linda Noveroske (Sara)
Saul Montez (Khaled)
Min El Alb Lilalb (From my heart to yours)
By Tom Coash named Outstanding
Playwright at the 1999 Pittsburgh New Works Festival and winner of the Kennedy
Center�s Lorraine Hansberry Award.
delicious encounter between an American woman and an Egyptian man on top of -
where else, the pyramids!
Directed by Arlene Denise Hood
Jeanine Robinson (Clio)
Text and original music by Drew Khalouf
Bay Area writer, performer and ACT alumnus, Khalouf transports us into the surreal world of
creativity and desire blending jazz, poetry and Arabian melodies.
Directed by Laura Hope Owen
& Rachel Christopherson
By Ghazi Rabihavi introduced to London
audiences by Harold Pinter who described him as a �gifted writer.�
An answering machine awaits. In this laconic study of loneliness, the color of
exile is rendered red.
Directed by Hal Gelb
Stephanie Carwin, Rachel
Christopherson, Vida Ghahremani, Michael Givler, J McMullen, Saul
Montez, George Nguyen, Linda Noveroske, Jeanine Robinson, Paul Santiago*.
*Member of Actors� Equity
Scene Designer Bert Van Aalsburg
Costume Designer Andrea
Sound Designer Jo Cronin
Mask/ Puppets Designer� Pardis Parsa
Stage Manager Nancy Neilson
With Termeh Yeghiazarian
& Maria Zamroud
July 13 & 14 Previews, $12
Opens Saturday July 15 - August 19, 2000
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at
156 Eddy St.,
San Francisco, CA.
Mason & Taylor, 2 blocks from Powell St. BART
Information/ Reservations 510.986.9194
also available through Tix Bay Area at Union Square & www.ticketweb.com
admission $15 Student, Senior & TBA
member discount $12
discount (6 or more, paid together) $10
and Director, Tom Coash is currently
living in Haverhill, MA where he founded the Neworks Theatre whose mission is
to produce new multicultural and/or internationally themed plays. Coash spent
the last four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo
and had several plays produced there including his recent play Censory Perceptions also produced at an
international festival in Beirut, and KHAMASSEEN
produced at the Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival. In 1994/95 Coash was a
Jerome Fellow playwright-in-residence at the Playwrights� Center in
Minneapolis. Tom has worked professionally for several theatres including
Actors Theatre of Louisville and won several awards including the Kennedy
Center's Lorraine Hansberry Award, the Robert H. Lehan Award in 1999. Tom was
named the Outstanding Playwright of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
migrating to United Kingdom from his native Iran in 1994 where he was banned
from publication Ghazi Rabihavi has
written several plays as well as short stories and novels.� Among his published works are The Iranian Four Seasons, Merriam�s Smile, David and White Stone.� Harold Pinter introduced Ghazi to the
British public by producing his play Look
Europe! In 1997 which he called �A work of a gifted writer.�� A great source of inspiration and support,
Pinter later wrote about the play Stoning
�A very strong and powerful piece of work, beautifully constructed.�� Ghazi is currently directing and producing
four of his short plays with the support of the Queensland Multi-Media Art
Center in London slated to open in late June of this year.
Born to an aristocratic
family in 1903 in Iran, Sadegh Hedayat
was among those distinguished students sent to Europe by Reza Shah to earn an
education with the expectation that they would facilitate the nation's progress
towards modernization. Soon after his return Hedayat co-instituted the Rab'a
(The Foursome) a group consisting of young returnees whose progressive ideas
antagonized both the literati and the government. In 1936 the Rab'a was
outlawed and Hedayat left for India.�
Hedayat�s popularity outside Iran is due mostly to his short novel The Blind Owl (1937) which has been
translated into numerous languages.�
Among his other published works are Buried
Alive (1930), Three Drops of Blood (1932) and Haji
Aqa (1945).� In the majority of his
works Hedayat is extremely critical of religion in general and the Moslem
clergy in particular.� He also looks
down at the foreign powers� involvement in Iran as well as the corruption that
is rampant among the local government rank and file. The English text of Myth of Creation is translated by M.R.
Ghanoonparvar and is based on the only version of the original Persian
available (Paris 1946).� This limited
edition of 105 copies indicates that it was not for sale. Hedayat committed
suicide in 1951, in Paris. (The Pearl
Cannon [Iraj Bashiri] and The Myth of
Creation [M.R. Ghanoonparvar] Mazda Publishers)
Among the plays staged by Hal Gelb are Betrayal
(Pinter), Knuckle (David Hare), The Road to Mecca (Fugard), Six Degrees of Separation (Guare), Three Cuckolds (Comedia) and The Maids (Genet). His production of Today a Little Extra at the One Act
Theatre was named one of the three best of its season by the San Francisco
Examiner.� Gelb directed his own
translation of The Misanthrope and
was one of a group responsible for the R.G.Davis/Samuel French version of Dario
Fo�s We Won�t Pay! We Won�t Pay! He
has directed and/or written for television, multimedia and documentary film.
His media work has been seen on PBS, KTVU, TV 20, KQED and at the Brussels
World Conference on the Environment and New York�s Museum of Modern Art. Hal
has been the West Coast theatre critic for The Nation.
Laura Hope Owen is the Literary Manager at the Magic Theatre where she
was also the Festival Director for three recent playwrights' festivals:
Playwrights in Danger Festival, Festival of Lesbian Playwrights, and the Irish
Women Playwrights Festival.� Laura has
performed with numerous companies throughout California, Colorado and New York.
Recently she appeared in a one-woman show Girl
Scout Rejects directed by Virginia Reed at the Women's Work Jubilee at
Venue 9. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Colorado, Boulder,
a M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University where she directed and
dramaturged several projects, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Theatre at
the University of California, Davis.
Area director and actress, Arlene Hood
teaches theatre arts at Moreau Catholic High School. Her students have received
numerous awards including a four-star rating at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
for Recent Disappearances.� Among Arlene�s directing credits are: Antigone (Anouilh), Khamasseen (Tom Coash), Macbeth,
Man of La Mancha, Our Country�s Good,
The Real Inspector Hound, and 1776.
and Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, Torange Yeghiazarian writes, acts and directs for the theatre.
Among her credits are Publicly Resting
staged at Six Plays � en short
festival of one acts, Behind Glass
Windows, adapted from a short story by Iranian writer Sadeq Hedayat, Waves, staged at SF Fringe 94, and
performing in DARVAG and Shotgun Players� coproduction of The Eight Voyage of Sindbad by Behram Beyzaii. Torange received her
Masters degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University where she
had the opportunity to collaborate with the SF Mime Troupe in creating the