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Saturday, October 8 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Golden Thread Productions presents: An excerpt reading and a conversation with artists from OUR ENEMIES: LIVELY SCENES OF LOVE AND COMBAT

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Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the first American theatre company focused on the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from and about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities. We are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Yussef El Guindi's juicy denunciation of the mainstream media machine focuses on three Arab-American writers with very different answers to the simple question: "Who gets to tell our stories?" This reading of excerpts from the play will be followed by a conversation with Golden Thread founding artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian about representation of Middle Eastern artists and stories. The full production is coming up in San Francisco on October 28-November 20, 2016. More information on the production and the company: www.goldenthread.org.

Torange Yeghiazarian is the Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, where she launched such visionary programs as ReOrient Festival & Forum, Middle East America (in partnership with the Lark and Silkroad Rising), Islam 101 (with Hafiz Karmali), New Threads, and the Fairytale Players. Torange’s plays include ISFAHAN BLUES, 444 DAYS, THE FIFTH STRING: ZIRYAB’S PASSAGE TO CORDOBA, and CALL ME MEHDI. She is currently under commission by Philip Kan Gotanda to adapt his seminal play, THE WASH to an Armenian setting. Awards include the Gerbode-Hewlett Playwright Commission Award (ISFAHAN BLUES) and a commission by the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (THE FIFTH STRING). Her short play CALL ME MEHDI is published in the anthology “Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama,” TCG 2009. Torange adapted the poem, I SELL SOULS by Simin Behbehani to the stage, and directed the premieres of SCENIC ROUTES by Yussef El Guindi, THE MYTH OF CREATION by Sadegh Hedayat, TAMAM by Betty Shamieh, STUCK by Amir Al-Azraki and VOICE ROOM by Reza Soroor, amongst others. Her articles on contemporary theatre in Iran have been published in The Drama Review (2012), American Theatre Magazine (2010), and Theatre Bay Area Magazine (2010), and HowlRound. Torange has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage Actors. Born in Iran and of Armenian heritage, Torange holds a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University.

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Torange Yeghiazarian (Director)

Ms.Reader’s theatre performed by Golden Thread Productions a West Coast premiere play by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian. Torange Yeghiazarian writes, directs and acts for the theatre. A native of Iran and of Armenian heritage, she holds a Master’s degree... Read More →

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Golden Thread Production Company

Golden Thread Productions (Theatre of the Middle East) presents new works by Middle Eastern writers, especially women. Their award-winniong productions in San Francsco draw rave reviews. They are an important voice for the truth, and a damned good theatre company. This will be a one-of-a-kind... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Falafel Hut 1115 4th St

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