Staged Readings

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 7 p.m.
444 DAYS by Torange Yezghiazarian, Directed by Evren Odcikin
In 1979, 72 Americans were held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days. Against the backdrop of this real event, Golden Thread Artistic Director Yeghiazarian imagines Laleh, a young Iranian revolutionary, who is thrown together by fate with an American attaché. Twenty-five years later, as Laleh must face the illness of her daughter in an American hospital; the man that changed her life appears again. Will they be able to overcome years of hostility, broken promises, and distrust?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 7 p.m.
THE OWL GIRL by Monica Raymond, Directed by Naomi Newman
Two families in an unnamed country both have keys to the same house. Prize-winning poet and playwright and Jerome Fellow, Monica Raymond asks, what happens when they try to live in it together? The fathers play historical chess; the mothers cook together; the lovers dare to imagine a future; and war mad children play doctor and murder. But when one girl's dreams of flight are (literally) shot down, betrayals and realignments occur which make us question our very definition of peace.

Monday, May 23, 2011, at 7 p.m.
A Turkish-American journalist and colleague are kidnapped by a band of insurgents in a war-torn Iraq. Her captors offer her one telephone call—a chance to reconnect with the Turkish mother that abandoned her to take refuge in Sufism in her homeland. Middle East America honorable mention winner Ünel brings ancient history and religion together with the ripped-from-the-headlines portrait of a world at war.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 7 p.m.
URGE FOR GOING by Mona Mansour
What do you do when the only way to live is to leave? Jamila, a studious 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, feverishly prepares for the university exam that can be her way out of the impoverished world she calls home.  Middle East America honorable mention winner and The Public Theater’s 2009 Emerging Writer fuses global politics with the intimacy of family life in this searing and funny new play.

Guest Of A Few Days by Mohsen Yalfani.
Starring Parviz Sayyad & Dariush Irannejad. Presented in Persian.

Remains by Seema Sueko
In partnership with The Shee Company

A Line In The Sand by Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef

Fate Of A Cock Roach, Ray Alcodry’s adaptation of Tawfiq Al Hakim

Dawn At Midnight by Torange Yeghiazarian

A Girl’s War by Joyce Van Dyke, directed by Hal Gelb
The story of an Armenian woman's return home to Gharabagh in search of herself. Set amid the Armenian-Azeri battles, "A Girl's War" explores the possibility of building human connection amid conflict.

Shooting Magda by Joshua Sobol
The line between fact and fiction blurs during this marathon shooting of a film by Israeli and Palestinian artists.

The Beauty Inside by Catherine Filloux
A touching story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women. Based on the true case of an averted honor killing in Turkey .

Guest of a Few Days by Mohsen Yalfani
A love triangle exposes the political conflict between two friends whose paths diverted in the pre-revolutionary Iran .

Bounty of Lace by Susan Merson
Four Israeli women having afternoon tea. Discussing their husbands, homeland, and humanity. It's woman talk at its finest.

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