Golden Thread Productions presents New Threads Staged Reading Series
THE ONE, PERCY ENT by Tariq Hamami: Tuesday, July 12, at 7pm
THE VICTIMS by Ken Kaissar: Tuesday, July 19, at 7pm
THOSE ILLS WE HAVE by Novid Parsi: Tuesday, July 26, at 7pm
SCENES FROM 68 YEARS by Hannah Khalil: Monday, August 1, at 7pm
FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.
Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company to focus on the Middle East, introduces four singular voices to the Bay Area. We invite you to laugh, cry, and think alongside these beautiful stories from and about the Middle East! You will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage the artists in conversation after each reading.
Tuesday, July 12, at 7pm
THE ONE, PERCY ENT
by Tariq Hamami, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
A young couple anxiously awaits the arrival of Percy Ent, the rich man in town who might be able to offer an escape from their dilapidated lives. But what price are they willing to pay in exchange for his generosity? Algerian-American writer Tariq Hamami creates a gothic horror story that takes an unflinching look at the most American of vices, greed.
Tuesday, July 19, at 7pm
THE VICTIMS, OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?
by Ken Kaissar, directed by Evren Odcikin
Jidi and Bassee live in an idyllic garden in peace, if not for the fact that the alleged owner of the garden comes to beat them every day. David, a Jewish American, travels to Israel and soon is mired in the cycles of violence and compassion that haunt everyday life. Israeli-American writer Ken Kaissar weaves these two disparate stories and styles to dig into the parallel and often contradictory narratives of Palestinian and Israeli histories.
Tuesday, July 26, at 7pm
THOSE ILLS WE HAVE
by Novid Parsi, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
Farid is in pain, and has been for six years. Now that everything is on the line, can Diego, the pain management guru, help him identify the root cause of his pain? Is it his Iranian family’s
disappointment in his life choices? Is it the pressures of his interracial marriage? Or is it all just in his head?
Monday, August 1, at 7pm
SCENES FROM 68 YEARS
by Hannah Khalil, directed by Evren Odcikin
A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Scenes From 68 Years weaves together a rich narrative of life in Palestine. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall
“[Golden Thread is] the fountain-head of Middle Eastern-American theatre and the generative force behind this major and growing new voice in American Theatre.” —Theatre Communications Group
“[Golden Thread] provides, in addition to a dependable variety of aesthetic pleasures, crucial space for public consideration and dialogue.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian
“At a time when the Middle East dominates the headlines, [Golden Thread] aspires to forge clarity out of chaos and incites us to look past the 24/7 media blitz.” —San Jose Mercury News