Golden Thread’s popular staged reading series returns, introducing four new and vital 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 artists 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 and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.
Brava Theater Center in the Mission (2781 24th Street, San Francisco).
|Funding for New Threads 2016
has been made possible by
the Puffin Foundation Ltd.
Thanks to Brava! for Women in the Arts for supporting New Threads, along with the work of many local artists and community groups.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7pm: RSVP HERE
THE ONE, PERCY ENT
by Tariq Hamami
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
“That’s why I am here. To make sure you have all that you want in life. But of course, nothing is free.”
A young couple anxiously awaits the arrival of Percy Ent, the rich man in town who might be able to offer an escape from their dilapidated lives. But what price are they willing to pay in exchange for his generosity? The One, Percy Ent introduces Algerian-American writer Tariq Hamami to the Bay Area with this gothic horror story that takes an unflinching look at the most American of vices, greed.
Tariq Hamami’s plays include White Picket Fences, Spite, and The One Percy Ent. He has also written a trilogy plays entitled The Religobook Series; Everything Will Be Alright (Horace Mann Theatre, NYC ‘09), The Town of No One (FringeNYC ’11), and Home. His short play Queen Elizabeth of Factory Fifteen was part of the 2011 Samuel French OOB Festival. He is an alumnus of the Columbia University Playwriting Program and the Kean University Theatre Department. He teaches theatre at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (NYC) and Neumann University (Aston, PA). You can find more information on his work at tariqhamami.com.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7pm: RSVP HERE
THE VICTIMS, OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?
by Ken Kaissar
directed by Evren Odcikin
“Why do these things always have to go back thousands of years? God forbid we should be able to verify anything.”
Jidi and Bassee live in an idyllic garden in peace, if not for the fact that the alleged owner of the garden comes to beat them every day. Jewish-American writer David travels to Israel to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and soon is mired in the cycles of violence and compassion that haunt everyday life. Israeli-American writer Ken Kaissar (ReOrient 2015’s Ceasefire) weaves these two disparate stories and styles to dig into the parallel and often contradictory narratives of Palestinian and Israeli histories.
Ken Kaissar is thrilled to be back at Golden Thread to work on The Victims. His short play Ceasefire was seen here last fall as part of the ReOrient Festival. He was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. His plays have been performed or developed by Philadelphia Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella, Fusion Theatre Company, 24/6, and Passage Theatre Company. His adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was commissioned by Columbia University in 2008. His other plays include A Modest Suggestion (available on Amazon), Creativity (a past finalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival), The Man Stanley, and Nude Study. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. He teaches playwriting and theatre history at Rider University and Stockton College.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7pm: RSVP HERE
THOSE ILLS WE HAVE
by Novid Parsi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
“Sometimes what our bodies tell us is larger than us. It’s not even about us. They’re responding to the world.”
Farid is in pain, and has been for six years. Now that everything is on the line, can Diego, the pain management guru, help Farid identify the root cause of his pain? Is it his Iranian family’s disappointment in his life choices? Is it the pressures of his interracial marriage? Or is it all just in his head? Iranian-American writer Novid Parsi creates a taut and incisive portrait of a marriage, and what our bodies know even when our minds are at a loss.
Novid Parsi is an Iranian-American writer whose plays have received productions and staged readings in the United States and the United Kingdom by companies including Golden Thread, Immigrants’ Theatre Project, the New Group, Paines Plough and the Young Vic, among others. His play Our Mother’s Meal is a finalist for the 2016 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and a semifinalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Novid was born in New York City, grew up in East Texas, and studied literature at Swarthmore College and Duke University. He lives with his husband in Chicago.
Monday, August 1, 2016 at 7pm: RSVP HERE
SCENES FROM 68 YEARS
by Hannah Khalil
directed by Evren Odcikin
An epic snapshot of life under occupation, then and now
A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Scenes From 68 Years gathers a multicultural cast of professional actors and members of the Bay Area Palestinian community to weave together a rich narrative of life in Palestine. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall.’
An award-winning Palestinian-Irish writer, Hannah Khalil‘s stage plays include Ring (Soho Theatre London’s Westminster Prize), Leaving Home (The King’s Head), Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award), Bitterenders (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013, performed at Golden Thread Theatre’s ReOrient Festival in San Francisco, 2015), The Worst Cook in the West Bank (Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival) and Scenes from 68* Years (Arcola Theatre, London, 2016). Hannah’s radio plays include Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room, both for BBC Radio 4. Plan D is published in the USA as part of “Inside/Outside: Six plays from Palestine and the Diaspora” edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi; and Bitterenders will be part of “Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas” published in 2016 by Playwrights Canada Press. Hannah’s first short film The Record is in pre-production.