Love, Bombs, and Apples

by Hassan Abdulrazzak

The critically-acclaimed production makes its U.S. debut after two sold-out runs in London

A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favor at the worst possible time. Love, Bombs & Apples is the comic tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation.

April 19, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Potrero Stage

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

Featuring Asif Khan

Winner, Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production, Tier 2

Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission; Content Advisory: Strong language and sexual situations


“Directed by Rosamunde Hutt with careful attention to varied moods and nuances, Abdulrazzak’s monologues form a rich and seamless whole. Beautifully encapsulates a dilemma that’s complex, hilarious and utterly believable.” —San Francisco Examiner

“A provocative and hilarious solo show… Hassan Abdulrazzak brilliantly wrings comedy from the idiosyncratic obsessions of four very different young men as their lives intersect with the tragic state of the world around them.” —Mercury News

“A tour- de-force staging of four satiric agitprop monologues” —TheatreWorld

“Golden Thread keeps gifting us with these wonderful gems year after year, and this is definitely one of them.” —Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, KPFA

“A truly exceptional performance. … A script that deals in the nitty-gritties of the ordinary with searingly satirical candour and idiosyncratic quirks and foibles of each brilliantly observed character.” —London Theatre

★★★★ “Quartet of monologues with a profound ability to find bubbling humor in the most over-trodden tragedies” —The Stage

★★★★ “Searingly satirical, brilliantly observed” —LondonTheatre

★★★★ “Powerful, political theatre… Laugh-out-loud moments!” —Hackney Gazette

★★★★ “Invigorating, inspiring, exhilarating… Hutt’s economic, elegant single-room production transports us effortlessly to each milieu, as does Khan’s extraordinary gift for transformation” —Carole Woddis

Special Events

Sun, Apr 22, following the 3pm matinee

A Conversation with the Artistic Team

Following the matinee, Founding Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian will lead a conversation with playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, director Rosamunde Hutt, and actor Asif Khan about their ongoing collaboration on Love, Bombs & Apples. Free with a ticket to the show.

Sun, Apr 29, following the 3pm matinee

A Time to Overcome Barriers?

Continue where Love, Bombs & Apples leaves off. Join the conversation with two Palestinian-American and two Jewish-American activists whose personal experiences shed light on the challenges of developing meaningful relationships when figurative and literal walls separate people. Free with a ticket to the show.

Participants: Basil Ayish, Rita Karuna Cahn, Glen Hauer, Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch. Facilitated by Torange Yeghiazarian.

Cast & Crew

Hassan Abdulrazzak


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Rosamunde Hutt


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Asif Khan


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Scenic & Costume Design: Mila Sanders, Props Master: Grisel Torres, Box Office Assistant: Niku Sharei, Lighting Design: Charlie Lucas, Lighting Remounted by Cassie Barnes, Stage Manager: Grisel Torres, Sound Design: James Hesford, Sound Remounted by James Ard

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Golden Thread thanks Zellerbach Family Foundation for their support of this premiere. Turtle Key Arts would like to acknowledge the support of AIK Productions, Arts Council England, The Iraqi Cultural Centre, The Richard Carne Trust, Shubbak Festival, and Arcola Theatre, as well as the following for supporting us to bring the production to San Francisco: Edward Kemp at Rada, Juliet Horsley at the National Theatre, Fin Kennedy at Tamasha Theatre, Derek Goldman at Georgetown University, Dane Millard at Roxane Vacca Management, and Emanuel de Lange at UK Equity. Charlotte Cunningham, Holly Cameron-Jennings and Imogen Collacott from Turtle Key Arts.

Opening night celebration food is donated by Jannah Restaurant.

Golden Thread is a resident company of Potrero Stage, operated by PlayGround. This production is made possible in part through the Potrero Stage Presenting Program.

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