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  • Brava Theater Center Studio 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Golden Thread's New Threads 20018 Series presents



By Matéi Vişniec, translated by Nick Awde
Adapted and directed by Nima Dehghani
Presented in association with Crowded Fire Theater Company

Playwright  Matéi Vişniec

Playwright Matéi Vişniec

Commercials tout new security devices like migrant heartbeat detectors. Desperate migrants pay with their organs for passage across the Atlantic. A president works with a consultant to hone his anti-immigrant message. And if the boat is too heavy, how will the audience decide who must be thrown overboard? Adapted and directed by Iranian writer, director, and multimedia artist Nima Dehghani, Migraaaantsis an immersive experience that is dark, absurd, and surprisingly funny.

Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, returns to Brava with New Threads 2018, its popular and free staged reading series. This year’s line-up includes plays by Turkish-American playwright Melis Aker (Manar in ReOrient 2017), recent NYU Abu Dhabi graduate Adam Ashraf Elsayigh, Bay Area-based Iraqi-Assyrian-American writer Edessa Tailo, and celebrated Romanian-French writer Matéi Vişniec. Bringing these gems to life will be four directors of Middle Eastern descent: internationally-acclaimed Egyptian actor and director Kal Naga; sought-after Iranian-American new plays director Pirronne Yousefzadeh; director and multimedia artist Nima Dehghani, who was named the “The Best Young Director of the Year" by the Iranian Theatre Directors Center in 2012; and Golden Thread’s own Evren Odcikin. 

Each play is teeming with unexpected humor, surprising characters, and important questions about the world we live in today. Audiences will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage the playwrights and the creative team in conversation after each reading. The four staged readings will take place Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26 at Brava Theater Center (2481 24th Street, San Francisco). All readings are at 7pm and FREE. For more information and to RSVP, please visit

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