We are thrilled to launch NO SUMMARY, our new Live-Stream Series of artists in conversation with our artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian. These curated digital discussions will invite artists of Middle Eastern and North African heritage to discuss the many layers of their identity and how it impacts their work and artistic choices. We invite you to take pause with us and immerse yourself in these compelling topics and histories that defy a snappy summation. See below for a preview schedule of our first three episodes!
Wednesday, October 7th, 11AM PDT
Featuring leading Iranian playwright, Naghmeh Samini
NO SUMMARY launches with a conversation with Naghmeh Samini, playwright of The Language of Wild Berries, which will be released as a radio play on October 6th. One of Iran’s leading playwrights, Samini’s work has been presented across Europe and Asia but she has never been produced in the US in English. At a time when US-Iran relations are at an all-time low, hearing directly from artists that create in both countries has never been more vital. The cast and creative team from the radio play will join the conversation. Click here to watch the livestream on October 7th.
Fri October 23rd, 11AM PDT
Featuring four singular playwrights of Arab heritage
The series continues with a conversation with four playwrights of Arab heritage based in the US and the UK: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Tariq Hamami, Hannah Khalil, and Mona Mansour. We recently commissioned this extraordinary group to write new plays exploring vital themes and unique collaborations inspired by our current reality. Abdulrazzak, Khalil, and Mansour will develop a remote collaboration model to co-write a new play, and Hamami will write a play exploring the Black Panthers’ residency in Algeria in the 1960s and 70s. Click here to watch the livestream on October 23rd.
Fri November 6th, 11AM PDT
Featuring Golden Thread Fairytale Players!
At Golden Thread we know that representation matters, especially for youth. Join Simon Bloch, Maya Nazzal, and Sarah Al-Kassab as they discuss their experience of creating and performing in Golden Thread’s Fairytale Players Production of Leila’s Quest for Flight which will be released as a radio play on November 10th. Drawn from Palestinian folktales*, Leila’s Quest for Flight* is written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian. Click here to watch the livestream on November 6th.