Leila’s Quest For Flight

by Torange Yeghiazarian drawn from Palestinian folktales

Now released as a radio play!

Leila’s Quest For Flight

When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal. Drawn from beloved Palestinian folktales, Leila’s Quest for Flight incorporates music, dance, and physical comedy. These dynamic shows are entertaining for all ages, connecting diverse cultural traditions to contemporary themes.

In response to the success of our in person tour and demand for digital programs during the pandemic, Leila’s Quest for Flight has been adapted to a radio play. Bring this inspirational story home to share with loved ones in a new imaginative format just in time for the holidays. Our digital content is free to access and to share with friends, family, and community.

Radio play link available below!

Written by Torange Yeghiazarian drawn from Palestinian folktales

Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Featuring Simone Bloch and Maya Nazzal

Design Team: Mokhtar Paki, production designer

Choreographer: Lisa Tateosian, Stage Manager: Sarah Al-Kassab

This radio play runs approximately 30-minutes. Appropriate for families and children, ages 5-15.

Questions? Email us at education@goldenthread.org.

Golden Thread Fairytale Players offer a dynamic repertoire of performances for young audiences, with plays based on traditions and folklore from across the Middle East.

'Leila's Quest for Flight' Activity Guide

A Golden Thread Fairytale Players Educational Offering

Explore Leila’s World with this Interactive Playbook

Filled with fun activities for ages 3 to 18.

We have gathered a number of activities that are aligned with California core curriculum standards for students K-5. The guide covers a wide range of topics from social sciences, to visual arts, and language arts for educators, families, and children to enjoy and learn from.

→ Click here to Explore!


“Thank you so much for the best educational program our school has had in years…The beautiful messages and cultural awareness in story form is really special! Live theatre is lacking in our elementary education-thank you again for filling in this void in such a lovely and powerful way.” —Teacher, Daniel Webster Elementary School, San Mateo

“Golden Thread has quickly become a favorite presenter of family programs at San Francisco Public Library.” —Family Engagement Services, San Francisco Public Library

“The students enjoyed the ingenious way the actors changed their parts. The kids went around mimicking the actors for days.” —Teacher, Hawes Elementary, Redwood City

“I’m so happy these kids are getting such wonderful exposure to Middle Eastern culture, and especially getting to hear the Palestinian voice. And to end it with one of my family’s favorite Fairuz songs was the cherry on top!” —Parent, Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley

“[As an educator, I valued] an opportunity for students to experience art especially made by people of color and performers. —Teacher, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, San Francisco

“Inspirational. It would be wonderful to bring it to all elementary schools.” —President, Berkeley PTA Council

Cast & Crew

Simone Bloch

Player 2 / Leila

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Maya Nazzal

Player 1 / Mother

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Torange Yeghiazarian

Playwright & Director

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Mokhtar Paki

Production Designer

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Sarah Al-Kassab

Stage Manager

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Lisa Tateosian


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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

Golden Thread Fairytale Players is supported by generous grants from Neda Nobari Foundation and Harbor Point Charitable Foundation

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