a celebration of International Women's Day

What Do The Women Say? 2022

This year's theme: Making Home

What Do The Women Say? 2022

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Golden Thread’s What Do the Women Say? returns to the Brava Theater. This year’s program will be presented in a hybrid format with artists appearing in-person and virtually. Audiences will be able to join us in-person at the Brava Theater or online for a virtual presentation.

Showcasing the work of multi-generational MENA women artists who are making home away from home, the program will feature a poetry reading by award-winning Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck, a dramatic reading by Palestinian actor and playwright Hend Ayoub from her one woman show Home?, a performance by Yemeni song writer and oud artist Layle Omeran accompanied by cellist and composer Crystal Pascucci, an excerpt from the documentary film by Iranian filmmaker Sabereh Kashi Home Yet Far Away, and a sneak peek into the rehearsal studio of Palestinian dancer Leila Awadallah.

March 8, 2022

Brava Theater Center

2781 24th Street, San Francisco

Tickets are $15-$50. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Featuring Presenting Artists: Leila Awadallah, Hend Ayoub, Zeina Hashem Beck, Sabereh Kashi, Layle Omeran. Pre-show Artists: Raeshma Razvi, Madeleine Rostami. Conversation Moderators: Humaira Ghilzai, Sahar Assaf.

Raeshma Razvi and Madeleine Rostami of the Shahrazad Squad will engage pre-show audiences with their 1001 Nights-inspired “Conversation Cards,” facilitating the informal sharing of bite-sized stories with other attendees, starting at 7:00pm in person and 7:30pm online.

Following the presentations, Executive Artistic Director Sahar Assaf will be joined by Afghan writer, speaker and consultant Humaira Ghilzai to facilitate a conversation between the participating artists and the audience.

The full program is 100 minutes without intermission.

View the Program Information (PDF)

A highly anticipate annual offering, Golden Thread Productions celebrates International Women’s Day with What Do the Women Say?, which showcases the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists. Previous programs have focused on dismantling patriarchy, the resilience of Syrian women who build community through their art, and artists who explore sex and sexuality.

Past featured artists include Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones), Majeda Al Saqqa (Culture and Free Thought Association, Gaza Strip), Anita Amirrezvani (The Blood of Flowers, Equal to the Sun), Nawal el Saadawi (Memoirs from the Women’s Prison), Denmo Ibrahim (Baba, ECSTASY | a waterfable), Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Rohiha Malek (Unveiled), Nabila Mango (executive director, Zawaya), Ayesha Mattau (Love Inshallah), Zahra Noorbakhsh (All Atheists are Muslim, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim), Shahrnush Parsipur (The Prison Memoirs, Women Without Men), Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed, Territories), Deema Shehabi (Thirteen Departures From the Moon), Seema Sueko (Remains), and Rosemary Toohey (The Body Washer), and Dina Zarif.

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COVID Health & Safety

Golden Thread is a fully vaccinated company. All patrons must present proof of vaccination with a booster shot, along with a matching photo ID, and be masked for entry to all in-person events.

Per CDC guidance, we encourage the use of procedural masks (either alone or with a cloth mask on top) or a higher grade N95 or KN95 mask instead of cloth masks alone. Masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre.

Seating will be general admission and limited to 75% capacity. Certain seats will be designated to remain empty to ensure some social distancing between parties. Advanced purchase or registration is advised.

By registering for an in-person event, you agree to adhere to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. For more health and safety information, click here.

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