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World Premiere

The Fifth String: Ziryab's Passage to Cordoba

by Torange Yeghiazarian with the Fifth String Ensemble

A timeless tale of a 9th century trailblazer!

The Fifth String: Ziryab's Passage to Cordoba

Meet Ziryab, the 9th-century musician and cultural icon, in this family-friendly new play with live music: a musical genius, a star of the Baghdad court, and a fashion innovator. The Fifth String playfully tells the story of his beginnings in Iraq, his life as an immigrant to Cordoba, and his lasting contributions in music, fashion, and culture that continue to reverberate today. Widely credited with adding a fifth string to the oud and with introducing Persian and Arabic influences to Spanish music, his life becomes an inspiration for this modern retelling as a story-within-a-story in the tradition of 1001 Nights. Written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, The Fifth String is multifaceted performance created collaboratively with an ensemble of actors, clowns, and musicians. Part of Golden Thread’s Islam 101 initiative, the play features original music composed by Faraz Minooei and production design by Mokhtar Paki.

May 2, 2014 - December 8, 2014

ODC Theatre

3153 17th Street, SF CA 94110

Written by Torange Yeghiazarian with the Fifth String Ensemble

Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Featuring Munaf Alsafi, Camelia Ascencio Betancourt, Ali Bazyar (percussion), Jamie Coventry, Deborah Eliezer, Gari Haggerty (oud), Majd Murad, Maruf Noyoft, Naima Shalhoub

Musical Director Faraz Minooei

Production design by Mokhtar Paki


Appropriate for ages 8 and up | Running time: Approx. 70 - 80 min

Golden Thread’s Islam 101 initiative was launched in 2011 in response to the rising anti-Islamic sentiments in the US. By creating dynamic and entertaining plays insipired by Islamic art and philosophy, Islam 101 aims to shift the dominant negative stereotypes of Islam and provide Muslim families with a cultural experience they can share and take pride in.

Launched in partnership with the Islamic Cultural center of Northern California, Islam 101 previously premiered Rumi X 7 = Tales from the Masnavi by Hafiz Karmali.

Cast & Crew

Torange Yeghiazarian

Playwright/Director

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Mokhtar Paki

Production Designer

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Faraz Minooei

Music Director

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Ali Bazyar

Musician

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Gari Haggerty

Musician

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Munaf Alsafi

Musician

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Jamie Coventry

Musician

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Majd Murad

Musician

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Maruf Noyoft

Musician

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Olivia Rosaldo Pratt

Musician

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Naima Shalhoub

Musician

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Adrienne Shamszad

Musician

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Watch a short video clip from the production:

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We are grateful for the financial support of the following institutions

California Arts Council, East Bay Community Center, One Nation Bay Area, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

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