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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.

New Threads Reading Series

Artists engaged with 35 presentations

51 writers (playwrights and translators)
30 directors
17 stage managers
227 actors

Our goals for this program are:

  • Support the playwright in the development of the script towards production

  • Build a working relationship with a new playwright or director and introduce them to our community

  • Share a rarely told narrative, particularly one with current resonance

  • Better understand the casting and production needs of a play

  • Build support for a particular artist or play among our patrons

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.


NEW THREADS 2018 (Find out more)

DROWNING IN CAIRO
by Adam Ashraf Elsayigh
directed by Kal Naga
June 5, 2018

FOG
by Edessa Tailo
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
June 12, 2018

FIELD, AWAKENING
by Melis Aker
directed by Evren Odcikin
June 19, 2018

MIGRAAAANTS
by Matéi Vişniec
translated by Nick Awde
adapted and directed by Nima Dehghani
presented in association with Crowded Fire Theater Company
June 26, 2018


NEW THREADS 2017 (Find out more)

WE SWIM, WE TALK, WE GO TO WAR (Find out more)
by Mona Mansour
directed by Evren Odcikin
presented in association with Bay Area Playwrights Festival
July 16 and 21, 2017

AS SOON AS IMPOSSIBLE
by Betty Shamieh
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
August 1, 2017

WHEN FARAH CRIES
by Mudar Alhaggi
translated by Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
directed by Michael Malek Najjar
August 8, 2017

AT THE PERIPHERY
by Sedef Ecer
translated and directed by Evren Odcikin
August 15, 2017


NEW THREADS 2016 (Find out more)

THE ONE, PERCY ENT
by Tariq Hamami
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
July 12, 2016

THE VICTIMS: OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?
by Ken Kaissar
directed by Evren Odcikin
July 19, 2016

THOSE ILLS WE HAVE
by Novid Parsi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
July 26, 2016

SCENES FROM 68* YEARS
by Hannah Khalil
directed by Evren Odcikin
August 1, 2016


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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