by Hannah Khalil
A picnic interrupted by soldiers. Never-ending lines. Sunbathing in the shadow of a tank. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws from stories of family and friends to reveal the real human story: the dreams, comedy, sadness, and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall.’ The cast includes members of the Bay Area Palestinian community.
★★★★★ “Exceptional… wickedly funny and heartbreaking” —The Stage
★★★★ “A deeply compassionate play… a powerful yet tender collection of everyday vignettes” —Time Out
“This new work confirms Hannah Khalil as a dramatist of compelling potential.” —Telegraph
“Smart and economical, simultaneously resonant with warmth and humanity, and shot through with exquisitely dark comedy. These scenes combine into a deft, kaleidoscopic portrait of ongoing struggle, acceptance, and simple survival.” —Exeunt Magazine
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Winner of the Arab British Centre’s Cultural Award in 2017, Palestinian-Irish writer, HANNAH KHALIL’s (Resident Artist / Playwright) stage plays include The Scar Test opened at Soho Theatre, London (“Political Theatre at its best” —Exeunt), Scenes from 68* Years at Arcola Theatre, London (2017 James Tait Black Award nomination; “confirms Khalil as a dramatist of compelling potential” —Daily Telegraph), The Worst Cook in the West Bank at Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Bitterenders at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013), Plan D at Tristan Bates Theatre, London (nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award), and Ring at (Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize). Hannah’s work for radio includes The Deportation Room and Last of the Pearl Fishers, both for BBC Radio 4. She is currently working on Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks. Her first short film The Record took the Tommy Vine Award at the Underwire Festival 2015 and is in post-production. She is under commission for Shakespeare’s Globe, The RSC and the National Theatre of Scotland. She was the Bush Theatre’s writer on attachment as part of Project 2036 in 2017. hannahkhalil.com
Michael Malek Najjar
Michael Malek Najjar
MICHAEL MALEK NAJJAR (Ph.D., UCLA; M.F.A., York University; B.A., University of New Mexico) is an associate professor of Theatre Arts with the University of Oregon. He is the author of Arab American Drama, Film and Performance, 1908 to the Present: A Critical Study and the editor of Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader (McFarland) and The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi (Bloomsbury). He founded Riverside Repertory Theatre (now Tricklock Company) in Albuquerque, NM and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, The Rawi Screenwriters Lab (Jordan), and British/American Drama Academy. He directed the world premiere of Precious Stones by Jamil Khoury, and has also directed many other Middle Eastern American plays including Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, Ecstasy: A Water Fable by Denmo Ibrahim, and When Farah Cries with Golden Thread Productions. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Arab Stages. He co-curated, and was lead director for, Semitic Commonwealth: A Staged Reading Series Comprised of Six Plays by Arab and Jewish Playwrights Exploring the Human Toll of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Silk Road Rising, and he is currently co-editing a volume of the plays from that series for McFarland. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and has been recognized for meritorious achievement for directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Ensemble Cast: Marisa Darabi, Adam El-Sharkawi, Afif Houssain, Nida Khalil, Dean Koya, Kal’el Lopez, Rasha Mohamed, Lawrence Radecker^, and Ayla Yarkut
Creative Team: Diya Abdo, Ph.D. (Arabic Translation), Wesley Apfel^ (Stage Manager), James Ard^ (Sound Design), Kenan Arun^ (Make-up Design), Cassie Barnes^ (Lighting Design), Danya El-Kurd (Production Assistant), Erin Gilley (Projection Design), Brooke Jennings (Costume Design), Leila Kashani (Assistant Stage Manager), Tulin Maltepe (Production Intern), Chris Swartzell (Technical Director), Grisel Torres^ (Production Manager and Properties Designer), Mikiko Uesugi^ (Scenic Designer)
^ Golden Thread Resident Artist
Golden Thread thanks National Endowment for the Arts, Sam Mazza Foundation, and Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation for their support.
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.