Main Stage Productions At Z Below (470 Florida St. San Francisco)
444 Days | October 17 – November 3, 2013
By Torange Yeghiazarian | Directed by Bella Warda
A tangled web of love, betrayal and espionage
Can anything survive decades of secrecy, broken promises, and political intrigue? Laleh, an Iranian revolutionary, and Henry, a diplomatic attaché, meet for the first time in 25 years as Laleh’s daughter lies in a coma. The last time they spoke was when she held him hostage for 444 days at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran along with 52 other Americans. International espionage and family secrets mesh in unexpected ways in this world premiere play by Golden Thread’s award-winning artistic director.
Urge for Going | November 14 – December 8, 2013
By Mona Mansour | Directed by Evren Odcikin
Sometimes the only way to live is to leave
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 is her only way out of the impoverished world she calls home. Winner of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Prize and Middle East America honorable mention, Mansour offers a feast of personalities and juicy dialogue in this searing and funny family story.
New Threads Play Reading Series
At Z Below (470 Florida St. San Francisco)
Golden Thread’s play reading series returns, introducing four brand new plays from and about the Middle East.
What Do the Women Say?
An Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day
Featuring from New York, Leyla Modirzadeh’s comedy, Lubbuck or Leave it! , from Minneapolis, Kathryn Haddad’s Zarifa the Olive Oil Warrior, and Bay Area’s own hip hop artist, Tru Bloo performing poetry from “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.”
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m.
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley