What Do the Women Say? 2017

Golden Thread’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day is dedicated to Syria, and moves to Brava.

What Do the Women Say? 2017

Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, presents Syria Mon Amour: Food, Home, and Healing, this year’s edition of What Do the Women Say?, its annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Featuring women artists of Middle Eastern descent, the event is dedicated to Syria and the Syrian people.

March 8, 2017

Brava Theater Center

2781 24th Street, San Francisco

Featuring Reem Assil, Sara Maamouri, Amelia Romano, Nora el Samahy, and Dina Zarif

Tickets are $15-$20. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Two extraordinary works of art created by Middle Eastern artists responding to the Syrian refugee crisis anchor the event: an excerpt reading of Oh My Sweet Land, a tour-de-force solo show based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and an excerpt from the documentary film We Are Not Princesses, which centers on Antigone of Syria, a 2014 drama workshop and performance featuring 35 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon. The event also features music by vocalist Dina Zarif accompanied by harpist Amelia Romano, and food for purchase from Reem’s, which serves traditional Arab street food made with California love. Founding artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian will lead a conversation and audience Q&A with artists Nora el Samahy (Egyptian-American actress of Oh My Sweet Land), Sara Maamouri (Tunisian-American editor of We Are Not Princesses), Iranian vocalist Dina Zarif, and Syrian- Palestinian-American chef Reem Assil. A portion of the proceeds will benefit International Rescue Committee Oakland, which provides essential services to refugees in the Bay Area.

Oh My Sweet Land is a solo show created by Palestinian writer Amir Nizar Zuabi, founder of Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHu, and German-Syrian actor Corrinne Jaber. Featuring Nora el Samahy and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, this urgent and extraordinary show explores the crisis in Syria through one woman’s fictional story based on interviews with hundreds of Syrian refugees in Jordan. The play is set in a kitchen and performed as the actor prepares the Syrian delicacy, kibbeh. A presentation of the play will tour Bay Area kitchens in the fall as part of Golden Thread’s 2017 Season.

Documentary film We Are Not Princesses by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam centers on an eight-week drama workshop attended by 35 Syrian women in refugee camps in Lebanon. The workshops culminated in three performances of the resulting play Antigone of Syria at Al Madina Theatre in Hamra, Beirut in December 2014.

Meet the Artists

Reem Assil

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Amelia Romano

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Dina Zarif

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Nora el Samahy

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Sara Maamouri

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