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Returning to Haifa

by Ghassan Kanafani. Adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi.

No Summary 2024

Conversations with Artists Who Don’t Fit in a Box

Now entering its fifth consecutive year, our digital conversation series No Summary will feature conversations with theatre companies in Palestine.

Our 2024 virtual artist conversation series will embark on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. Each episode will spotlight a different theater, showcasing its history, notable performances, challenges, and life behind the scenes through interviews with its artists and community members. Theater makers, audiences, professors, and students are all invited to join in these stimulating conversations.

Online via Zoom and Howlround TV Free with Reservation

May 24 – June 14, 2024

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The Tutor at New Conservatory Theatre Center

World Premiere

Golden Thread is thrilled to announce the world premiere of The Tutor, a new play by our founder Torange Yeghiazarian, commissioned and produced by New Conservatory Theatre Center, and directed by Sahar Assaf, our Executive Artistic Director, with a cast of Golden Thread Resident Artists: Deborah Eliezer, Maya Nazzal, Lawrence Radecker. This exciting collaboration between our companies highlights the spirit of artistic exchange and the exemplar of unifying leadership and cooperation.

Things are looking up for Kayvon. He’s just married Baran, a beautiful young Iranian woman, and brought her back to his Bay Area home. But when he asks his lifelong friend Azar to tutor Baran, all three lives begin to unravel as the two women fall into a passionate love affair. A study of preconceived notions and the hypocrisies that drive them, The Tutor is a provocative look at the cost of owning one’s truth.

New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness, Lower Level, San Francisco

April 5 - May 12, 2024

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11 Reflections: San Francisco

West Coast Premiere

11 Reflections: San Francisco is part of a new national series of performance works, Eleven Reflections on the Nation, devised by Andrea Assaf. The project draws on her seminal work, Eleven Reflections on September, an episodic, multimedia performance on Arab American identity, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death / amidst beauty” in a post-9/11 world. In each participating city, the project engages local artists and community members who have been affected by post-9/11 policies to contribute their stories, illuminating our collective experiences since 2001—from the fall of the Twin Towers, to the U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Muslim Ban, and now to the funding of genocide in Palestine.

Created and directed by Andrea Assaf Featuring acclaimed Syrian opera singer Lubana Al Quntar and Turkish composer and violinist Eylem Basaldi

October 4 - 5, 2024

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Golden Thread is a resident company of Potrero Stage, operated by PlayGround.

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