New Threads Reading Series

New Threads is Golden Thread’s annual staged reading series that engages its audience in the process of playmaking and allows writers of Middle Eastern and non-Middle Eastern descent an authentic and supportive space to develop work about the Middle East. Since its launch in 2011, many New Threads plays and playwrights have continued on to receive mainstage productions.

The readings are accompanied by talkbacks with the artists and experts that comment on the themes of the play. We invite you to join the creative process of a new play and discover brilliant gems never before seen in 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.

The staged readings are free and open to the public.

Artists engaged with 22 presentations:
29 writers (playwrights and translators), 22 directors, 29 stage managers, 135 actors



NEW THREADS 2015 (Find out more)

OH MY SWEET LAND
by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
November 4, 2015

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TERRORIST
by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
directed by Evren Odcikin
November 11, 2015

STUFF
by Sevan K. Greene
directed by Erin Gilley
November 18, 2015

I CALL MY BROTHERS
by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
directed by Evren Odcikin
December 2, 2015

THE KING IS THE KING
by Saadallah Wannous
translated by Ghassan Maleh and Thomas G. Ezzy
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
December 9, 2015



NEW THREADS 2014 (Find out more)

A SELECTION OF SHORT PLAYS FROM REORIENT 2015
by Yussef El Guindi, Emma Goldman-Sherman, Ken Kaissar, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour and Nahal Navidar
directed by Evren Odcikin
September 29, 2014

THE LUXOR EXPRESS
by Daria Polatin
directed by Sara Razavi
October 6, 2014

ISFAHAN BLUES
written by Torange Yeghiazarian
original music composed by Marcus Shelby
directed by Laura Hope
dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad
Featuring Vida Ghahremani and L. Peter Calender
October 13, 2014

SABRA FALLING
by Ismail Khalidi
directed by Octavio Solis
October 20, 2014

BAGHDAD WEDDING
by Hassan Abdulrazzak
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
October 27, 2014



NEW THREADS 2013 (Find out more)

HOLY LAND
by Mohamed Kacimi
translated by Chantal Bilodeau
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
April 9, 2013

THE ADMISSION
by Motti Lerner
translated by Johanna Gruenhut and Motti Lerner
directed by Amy Glazer
April 24, 2013

THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGHWAY IN THE WORLD
by Kevin Artigue
directed by Evren Odcikin
May 6, 2013

SHOT IN BAGHDAD
by Jeanne Beckwith
directed by Sara Razavi
May 14, 2013



NEW THREADS 2012 (Find out more)

A MOMENT OF SILENCE
by Mohammad Yaghoubi
translated and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
May 16, 2012

ANOTHER MAN’S SON
by Silva Semerciyan
directed by Rebecca Novick
July 18, 2012

THE HOUR OF FEELING
by Mona Mansour
directed by Evren Odcikin
October 1, 2012

THE MUMMY AND THE REVOLUTION
by Yussef El Guindi
directed by Desdemona Chiang
November 17, 2012



NEW THREADS 2011

444 DAYS
by Torange Yeghiazarian
directed by Evren Odcikin
March 29, 2011

THE OWL GIRL
by Monica Raymond
directed by Naomi Newman
April 26, 2011

THE CRY OF THE REED
by Sinan Unel
directed by Evren Odcikin
May 23, 2011

URGE FOR GOING
by Mona Mansour
directed by Evren Odcikin
June 28, 2011

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