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ReOrient 2009 - The First Ten Years

The ReOrient Festival was conceived in 1999 to meet the urgent and ongoing need for Middle Eastern voices in American theatre and to create a home where Middle Eastern artists are nurtured and supported. The festival aims to showcase the vast variety of voices and styles emerging from and inspired by the Middle East and to bring together diverse communities to engage with the region. At the same time, the ReOrient Festival helps to demystify the region by encouraging writing about the Middle East by playwrights from all cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds. Today, celebrating the festival's tenth anniversary, ReOrient continues to be guided by these principles, serving as a forum for addressing current events and personal experiences.

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What the Critics Have to Say?

From Rob Hurwitt of the Chronicle on ReOrient 2003
"Haunting and provocative...with reverberations far beyond its immediate cultural context." (on 'Coming Home') "A taut, tense look at the dehumanization of warfare"

Rob Avila of SF Bay Guardian from 2005 - Golden Thread triumphs with ReOrient Festival (on "Call Me Mehdi") smart and generous deadpan humor


Past ReOrients

ReOrient 2008
ReOrient 2006
ReOrient 2005
ReOrient 2004
ReOrient 2003
ReOrient 2002
ReOrient 2001



Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director / Serge Bakalian, Managing Director
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