U.S. Premiere

On the Periphery

by Sedef Ecer, translated by Evren Odcikin

For the health and safety of our patrons and artists, we have cancelled the remainder of the run of On the Periphery in accordance with the Governor’s newly updated recommendations on COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective Saturday March 14. Tickets may be exchanged for either company’s fall show, refunded, or donated by contacting boxoffice@goldenthread.org.

A magical tale of hope and home against all odds.

In the first co-production between Golden Thread Productions and Crowded Fire Theater, Sedef Ecer’s On the Periphery paints a tender portrayal of the lives of social outcasts in Istanbul’s urban slums mirroring the displacement, migration, and gentrification in the Bay Area.

February 23, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Potrero Stage

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

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Written by Sedef Ecer

Translated by Evren Odcikin

Directed by Erin Gilley

Set in Istanbul and Paris, Ecer’s new play focuses on the rarely told stories of migrants in Istanbul’s urban slums. Farmers Dilsha and Bilo leave their home in the countryside to make a life in the big city. Young lovers Azad and Tamar appeal to superstar Sultane’s reality TV show to realize their dream of a life in France. Roma woman, Kibele, finds home in a shack she has made with her own hands.

Translated from Turkish by Evren Odcikin, the play takes a lyrical, funny, and deeply human look at hope and home against all odds. It examines homelessness and displacement in Istanbul with an expansive global lens that brings it home to the San Francisco Bay Area where these issues are extremely palpable and relevant.

For more information about the history between Golden Thread Productions and Crowded Fire Theater, click here.


Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company devoted to plays from or about the Middle East, defined broadly and inclusively. We produce passionate and provocative plays and are a developmental catalyst and vibrant artistic home to artists at various stages of their career. We bring the Middle East to the American stage, creating treasured cultural experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Crowded Fire Theater’s ensemble produces poetic, bold theater created by new and contemporary artists. We seek to engage our community by producing adventurous work, innovative in structure, which addresses the diverse political and social concerns of our audiences.

Cast & Crew

Sedef Ecer

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Erin Gilley

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Evren Odcikin

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Cast: Ayla Yarkut*, Leila Rosa, Zaya Kolia, Lijesh Krishnan, Sofia Ahmad*^, Olivia Rosaldo-Pratt

Creative Team: Kate Boyd^ (Scenic Design), Cassie Barnes^ (Lighting Design), James Ard^ (Sound Design), Maggie Whitaker (Costume Design), Kenan Arun^ (Makeup Design), Nima Dehghani (Projection Design), Stephanie Alyson (Production Manager), Beckett Finn (Technical Director), Bri Owens (Stage Manager), Rachel Mogan (Assistant Stage Manager), Sophie Burke (Assistant Stage Manager)

*Member, Actors Equity; ^Golden Thread Resident Artist

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

This production is made possible in part by major support from National Endowment for the Arts, Sam Mazza Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, and the generosity of countless individual donors.

Golden Thread is a resident company at Potrero Stage, operated by PlayGround, and this show is presented as part of PlayGround’s Potrero Stage Presenting Program.

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