New Threads Reading Series 2015

Golden Thread’s popular staged reading series returns, introducing five singular voices to the Bay Area. We invite you to laugh, cry, and think alongside these beautiful stories from and about the Middle East! Each play is teeming with unexpected humor, surprising characters, and important questions about the world we live in today.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage the director and the cast in conversation after each reading. Join the creative process of a new play and discover brilliant gems never before seen in the Bay Area.

FREE, but reservations are recommended.

RSVP: Email with the performance you’d like to attend and the number of tickets you’re requesting.

Amir Nizar ZuabiWednesday, November 4, at 8pm


by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
featuring Nora el Samahy

“They call it civil war, but there’s nothing civil about it. Nothing civil at all.”

Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee crisis, and the brutal war that led up to it. Zuabi, the founder of the Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, wrote Oh My Sweet Land in collaboration with actress Corinne Jaber, based on interviews with Syrian refuges in Jordan.

at Brava Theater Center Studio (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)

Said SayrafiezadehWednesday, November 11, at 8pm


by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
directed by Evren Odcikin

“The facts of my own identity have always been elusive for me. I never intended to be Iranian, you see. I wanted to be a white American. I still want to be a white American.”

Saïd has written an autobiographical play about growing up Iranian-Jewish in the U.S. in the 70’s and 80’s. As he and his well-meaning collaborators try to stage his script, things go quickly from bad to worse. Whiting Award–winning playwright and novelist Sayrafiezadeh (Brief Encounters with the Enemy) brilliantly pokes fun at the complications of hyphenated identity in America.

at Brava Theater Center Studio (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)

Sevan Kaloustian GreeneWednesday, November 18, at 8pm


by Sevan K. Greene
directed by Erin Gilley

“They forget they have a mother. They forget that I am still a person and I suffer and I feel.”

The O’Neill family has issues. Mother Edith is a hoarder. Beth blames all her problems on her mother. Quiet David just wants to clean. And court-appointed young psychiatrist Dr. Meredith might be way over in her head. Can cleaning up the mess in the house help this family clean up their emotional mess? Armenian-American writer Greene was shortlisted for the 2014 Papatango Prize with this play. (Please note: The play contains strong language.)

at Brava Theater Center Studio (2781 24th Street, San Francisco)

Jonas Hassen KhemiriWednesday, December 2, at 8pm


by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
directed by Evren Odcikin

“I call my brothers and say: No, no one has been arrested. No suspects. Not yet.
I call my brothers and say: Now it begins. Get ready.”

Something just happened. A car. An explosion. Amor walks the city streets doing his best to blend in. But what looks normal? This funny, fierce play by acclaimed Tunisian-Swedish writer Khemiri (Invasion!) takes us on an intense journey inside one young man’s head, as the lines between villain and victim become curiously blurred.

at Thick House (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)

Saadallah WannousWednesday, December 9, at 8pm


by Saadallah Wannous
translated by Ghassan Maleh and Thomas G. Ezzy
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

“Give me gown and crown, and a king you will have.”

Harun al-Rashid’s attempt to amuse himself by having the impoverished and disgruntled merchant Abu ‘Izza drugged and placed on the throne for a day backfires when the merchant refuses to step down. In this influential, multilayered, and humorous play, master Syrian playwright and famed agitator Wannous employs a variety of traditional and modern theatrical techniques to question blind deference to power.

at Thick House (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)

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