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Field, Awakening

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

Golden Thread's New Threads 20018 Series presents

Field, Awakening


By Melis Aker
Directed by Evren Odcikin

Playwright Melis Aker

Playwright Melis Aker

Rana is back in Istanbul after ten years of self-imposed exile from her homeland. Reunited with three old friends on a soccer field, she fast becomes aware of how much has changed and how much has stayed exactly the same. Set on the night of the 2016 Turkish coup attempt, Turkish-American writer Melis Aker’s Field, Awakening is a bittersweet meditation on friendship and nostalgia in the face of political turmoil. 

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

Tuesday, June 26 – 7pm
or There’s Too Many People On This Damn Boat
or TheClosing-Up Show
By Matéi Vişniec, translated by Nick Awde
Adapted and directed by Nima Dehghani
Presented in association with Crowded Fire Theater Company

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