Fifth Annual Festival of Short Plays Exploring the Middle East

ReOrient 2003

ReOrient 2003

The breathtaking quality of the plays in this year’s ReOrient Festival reflects Golden Thread Productions’ growth in the past five years. We have gone from searching for a voice and seeking legitimacy for Middle Eastern stories to planting our feet firmly on dramatic grounds and proudly declaring, “We are here to stay!”

October 31, 2003 - November 24, 2003

New Langton Arts

1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Directed by Don Cate, Hal Gelb, Arlene Hood, Christopher Morrison, Amy Mueller, Torange Yeghiazarian

Featuring David Ballog, Deborah Ben-Elizier, Nancy Carlin*, Ali Dadgar, Téana David, Mark Farrell*, Brett Holland, Denmo Ibrahim, Bernadette Quattrone, Lawrence Radecker, Janaki Ranpura, Michael Wayne Rice*, Phil Sheridan, Lynne Soffer*, Torange Yeghiazarian, and introducing Eemon Malek-Madani

Design Team: Steven Klems (sound), Paul Measom (lighting), Keri Fitch (costumes), Garrett Westfall (props), Miriam Behpour (graphic). Fight choreography: Christopher Morrison.

Featuring works by internationally acclaimed writer Israel Horovitz, winner of numerous awards including two OBIEs and an EMMY; Motti Lerner, winner of Israel Prime Minister’s Award for Writers and award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi. The festival also features a play by local favorite, Erik Ehn and an original puppet play developed by company member, Janaki Ranpura. The cast features Nancy Carlin and Lynne Soffer.
With ReOrient, Golden Thread Productions turns San Francisco into a little Mecca for innovative and thought-provoking theatre about the Middle East.

Special Events

The Trials & Tribulations of Writing about the Middle East

Saturday, November 8th, 2 - 5 p.m. at New Langton Arts



by Edward Mast & Hanna Eady, directed by Torange Yeghiazarian.

Developed based on interviews with survivors, the two characters of the play channel spirits from the past to retell the story of the destruction of a Palestinian village. Sahmatah was originally co-produced by New Image Theatre and the al-Meidan Theatre in Haifa, Israel. That production toured Europe and is still being staged in Israel/Palestine.
Cast: Phil Sheridan, Mark Farrell*


by Erik Ehn, directed by Hal Gelb.

The holy month of Ramadan offers this business traveler no peace of mind, and the Ramada Inn, no room, and his Moslem woman- isn’t interested.
Cast: Denmo Ibrahim

Coming Home

by Motti Lerner, directed by Amy Mueller.

From one of Israel’s most vocal voices against the occupation comes a compassionate inquiry into the fragility of the human spirit.
Cast: Nancy Carlin*, Lawrence Radacker, Brett Holland, Teana David.


by Israel Horovitz, directed by Hal Gelb

For this Iranian family, increased airport security provides anything but. Originally produced by NYC’s Barefoot Theatre Company as part of a trilogy, here’s a new work by an internationally renowned playwright.
Cast: Torange Yeghiazarian, Lawrence Radacker, Michael Rice*, and introducing Eemon Malek-Madani.

The Terrorists

by Jim Brightwolf, directed by Don Cate

The international Arms market will never be quite the same again after these two “guerillas” discover the truth about their dealer.
Cast: David Ballog, Brett Holland, Janaki Ranpura.


by Fateh Samih Azzam, directed by Christopher Morrison

All he wants to do is to take his stuff with him on the plane. Not so simple when your bags are full of unwanted memories.
Cast: Ali Dadgar

Karima’s City

by Yussef El Guindi adapted from a short story by Salwa Bakr, directed by Arlene Hood.

From the playwright that created last year’s Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda’s comes the story of a woman fighting for her individuality and the survival of her city within “modern” Egypt.
Cast: Bernadette Quattrone, Lynne Soffer*, Ali Dadgar, Denmo Ibrahim, Deborah Ben-Eliezer, David Ballog.
*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Cast & Crew

Hanna Eady & Edward Mast

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Yussef El-Guindi

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Israel Horovitz

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Motti Lerner

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Jim Brightwolf

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

The Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and W. A. Gerbode Foundation.

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