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 a new interpretation of Nasrudin’s Magnificent Journey to Samarkand, a play from the Golden Thread Fairytale Players repertoire, 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; Donkey Puppet Design by Shoresh Alaudini

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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Shoresh Alaudini

Puppet Design

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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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