Golden Thread Fairytale Players Present

Nasrudin's Magnificent Journey to Samarkand

by Torange Yeghiazarian

2023 Bay Area School and Library Tour

Nasrudin's Magnificent Journey to Samarkand

Our 2023 theater for young audiences production is an interpretation of a play from the Golden Thread Fairytale Players repertoire entitled Nasrudin’s Magnificent Journey to Samarkand, written by Torange Yeghiazarian and directed by Sarah Al-Kassab.

Will Nasrudin and his faithful donkey ever make it to Samarkand, the center of arts and crafts on the ancient Silk Road? There is only one way to find out!

Various Bay Area schools & libraries

Written by Torange Yeghiazarian

Directed by Sarah Al-Kassab

Featuring Bidalia Albanese, Sarah Al Kassab

Design Team: Scenic & Prop Design by Mokhtar Paki

Dance choreography by Lisa Tateosian

This production runs approximately 30-minutes followed by 20-min Q & A session

Appropriate for families and children, ages 5-15

Adapted from several folk tales from the Middle East and Central Asia, this performance is centered around the comedic personage, Mulla Nasrudin or Nasrudin Hoja, a renowned wise fool. Nasrudin’s clever wisdom and propensity for exposing hypocrisy frequently get him into trouble. In this performance, we follow Nasrudin’s adventures as he travels through caravansaries in Konya and Damascus before he arrives at his destination on the ancient Silk Route.

Sarah Al-Kassab

Director & Player 2/Nasrudin

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Bidalia Albanese

Player 1

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Torange Yeghiazarian


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Natasia Schibinger

Stage Manager

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Jenna Stein-Corman

Stage Manager

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Mokhtar Paki

Scenic and Props Design

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Lisa Tateosian


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2023 Public Library performance dates

  • Saturday, April 22, 2023, 3:00 pm San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Fisher Children’s Center 100 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023, 3:00 pm Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch 2940 Benvenue St., Berkeley 94705
  • Saturday, June 10th, 12:00pm San Francisco Public Library, Western Addition Branch 1550 Scott Street, San Francisco 94115
  • Saturday, June 10th, 3:00pm San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley Branch  451 Jersey Street, San Francisco 94114
  • Sunday, June 11th, 3:30pm San Francisco Public Library, Ingleside Branch  1298 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco 94112
  • Thursday, June 29, 2023, 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm Milpitas Public Library 160 N. Main St., Milpitas 95035
  • Thursday, July 20, 2023, 11:00 am Belvedere Tiburon Library 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon 94920

Photos from the Spring 2022 tour!

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

Harbor Point Charitable Foundation

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