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Presented in three series:


Series One: Sept 27 – 30

Stoning by Ghazi Rabihavi directed by Hal Gelb

A nurse providing shelter to a patient during the Iran-Iraq war. Was it adultery?

Ukimwi by Tom Coash directed by Arlene Denise Hood

The encounter of an American expatriate and a Nigerian working girl at a bar in Cairo.


Series Two: Oct 4 - 7

A Marriage Proposal adapted by Yussef El Guindi directed by Ana Bayat

Chekhov's classic comedy naturally lends itself to an Arab-American setting.

Three Stops by Yussef El Guindi directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

A bus ride on New Year’s eve… the possibilities are unlimited.


Series Three: Oct 11 - 14

ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian directed by Zara Houshmand

Two generations of forbidden love, from Istanbul of 1920's to Jerusalem of 1940's, what will the future bring?

Expatriates by Myles Weber directed by Armen Dilanchian

Office politics, secret affairs, and the search for the forbidden bacon-cheese burger!


Stoning by Ghazi Rabihavi directed by Hal Gelb (World Premier)

Harold Pinter who produced Rabihavi’s debut in London’s Almieda Theatre described Stoning as “A very strong and powerful piece of work, beautifully constructed.” Set during the Iran-Iraq war, Stoning presents the story of a woman accused of adultery. Through a series of 20 vignettes, Rabihavi masterfully reveals the inner workings of human emotions caught in an authoritarian regime where even one’s own flesh and blood cannot be trusted. Directed by Hal Gelb whose direction last June of Karim Alrawi’s Deep Cut was described as ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Flawless.’

Ukimwi by Tom Coash directed by Arlene Denise Hood

Coash who lived in Cairo for four years beautifully paints an intimate picture of the international crossroads that is Cairo where a Nigerian prostitute and an American expatriate exchange skeletons from their respective closets

A Marriage Proposal adapted by Yussef El Guindi directed by Ana Bayat

Chekhov’s masterful comedy set in an Arab-American immigrant family. The hapless suitor gets much more than he bargained for in the woman he perceives to be the perfect Arab wife.

Three Stops by Yussef El Guindi directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Three strangers riding the bus on New Year’s eve … recovering from an end, or searching for a new beginning.

Presented in the same evening, the two plays by El Guindi exemplify the rich palette of contemporary Middle Eastern playwrights bridging the ethnically specific with the universal.

ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian directed by Zara Houshmand (World Premier)

An Armenian man falling in love with a Turkish woman in Istanbul of 1915, the year of the Armenian Genocide. Twenty years later, 1935, the fruit of their forbidden love falls in love with a Jewish immigrant in Jerusalem. Poetic and semi-autobiographical, Abaga (The Future) questions the present by searching the past.

Expatriates by Myles Weber directed by Armen Dilanchian

A quirky snapshot of the life of expatriates in an unnamed desert city where one’s sexual orientation is a more closely guarded secret than the air raid schedule. Weber’s own experience as a Foreign Service officer in Riyadh lend Expatriates greater depth and realism.


Tom Coash (Playwright: UKIMWI) is a literary consultant at Manhattan Theatre Club. Tom previously spent four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. He had several plays produced in Cairo including Censory Perceptions, which was also produced at an international festival in Beirut, and his commissioned play Khamaseen, which was produced both in Cairo and as part of the Edinburgh Theatre Fringe Festival. In 1994/95 Coash was a Jerome Fellow Playwright-in-Residence at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, MN. Coash has worked professionally for several theatres including Actors Theatre of Louisville and Theatre of the First Amendment.

YUSSEF EL-GUINDI (Playwright: 3 Stops & A Marriage Proposal) Primarily a playwright, Yussef  has been active as a poet, actor and filmmaker: His adaptation of Chekhov's A Marriage Proposal staged by the Arab Theatrical Arts Guild in Dearborn, MI was nominated for several PAGE awards including Outstanding Achievement in Original Play or Adaptation. His last poem, Crossing Borders, was published on placards and placed on buses as part of Seattle’s Poetry and Art on Buses. Yussef’s short film Love Stalks won an award for best short narrative film at Seattle Underground Film Festival and was aired on KTEH. A native of Egypt, Yussef holds an M.F.A in Playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright in-residence at Duke University.

HAL GELB (Director: Stoning) Among the plays director/writer Hal Gelb has staged are Knuckle (David Hare), Betrayal (Pinter), The Road to Mecca (Fugard), Six Degrees of Separation (Guare), Three Cuckolds (Comedia), The Maids (Genet) and Ed Bullins’s Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam for Bullins’s BMT Theatre. He began his association with Golden Thread Productions with Ghazi Rabihavi’s Voices staged at ReOrient 2000. Hal’s direction of Deep Cut by Karim Alrawi in June, 2001 was described as ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Flawless’.    His media work has been seen on PBS, KTVU, TV20, KQED, at the World Conference on the Environment (Brussels) and the Museum of Modern Art (NY). As a writer, Hal 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! and is the West Coast theatre critic for The Nation.

Ghazi Rabihavi (Playwright: Stoning) Since migrating to the U.K. from Iran where most of his writing is banned from publication, Ghazi has had a number of novels, short stories and plays published and produced in Europe. In 1997, Harold Pinter introduced Ghazi to the British public by producing his play Look Europe! at Almeida Theatre in London. Pinter called Look Europe! “A work of a gifted writer” and later described Stoning as  “A very strong and powerful piece of work, beautifully constructed.” In addition to productions in London and Amsterdam Look Europe! has also been staged in New York at the Actors’ Studio. This is the world premier of Stoning. Ghazi is currently working on his new play, Captured by Camera, which will be performed in October in London and Amsterdam. It is based on a true story of Ahmad Batebi, an Iranian film student who is serving 15 years in prison for being photographed by a journalist during the recent student demonstrations in Tehran. Captured by Camera and Look Europe! are both written in support of the prisoners of conscious in Iran.

Myles Weber (Playwright: EXPATRIATES) is a Graduate Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a Ph.D. in American literature. He served seven years as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department, with postings in Stockholm, Riyadh, and Washington, D.C. Kaliyuga Arts premier production of his play Pride in June, 1999 at EXIT Theatre received the Dean Goodman Choice Awards, including one for Original Writing. Pride was named one of the best new plays of the year by the Bay Area Reporter.

TORANGE YEGHIAZARIAN (Playwright: ABAGA, Director: 3 Stops) writes, acts and directs for the theatre and is the founder and artistic director of Golden Thread Productions. Among Torange’s writing/ directing credits are The Myth of Creation by Iranian writer Sadegh Hedayat, 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!

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