Scenes From 71* Years

by Hannah Khalil

An epic snapshot of Palestinian life under occupation

Scenes From 71* Years

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.

April 5, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Potrero Stage

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Written by Hannah Khalil

Directed by Michael Malek Najjar


★★★★★ “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

In the Press

Play about life under occupation staged in London

Associated Press interviewed playwright Hannah Khalil before the world premiere production of this play in London.

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How Skype helped me tell Palestine’s story on stage

Hannah Khalil reflects on writing about Palestine for an English-speaking audience in an opinion piece for The National.

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Hannah Khalil on Nahla Ink

Libyan-British blogger Nahla Al-Ageli interviews playwright Hannah Khalil about her new play.

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Cast & Crew

Hannah Khalil


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Michael Malek Najjar


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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

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

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.

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