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New Threads Reading Series 2022

A Thousand Strange Places: Anthony Shadid and the Middle East

by Robert Myers, directed by Sahar Assaf

The play dramatizes the life and career of the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Lebanese-American journalist Anthony Shadid during the tumultuous decade of 2002-2012. He is wounded in Palestine, awaits the American invasion of Iraq in Baghdad, covers the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006, the fall of Mubarak in Tahrir Square, and is kidnapped in Libya while reporting on the civil war there. As an Arabic speaker and a brilliant writer, he re-defined the role of a reporter and was one of the only correspondents who covered the lives of people from the Arab world from every walk of life.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 7 PM | Potrero Stage (1695 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107)

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What to Expect When You’re Simulating Expecting

by Nabra Nelson, directed by Susannah Martin

In the year 2080, the new normal involves taboos on pregnancy, car ownership, red meat, and suburban homes. It involves travel restrictions, a mixed-race majority, ongoing climate disasters, and constant uncertainty. But other than that, everything is the old normal. Except for Hoda’s experimental pregnancy. As Hoda gets ever-closer to her dream life – a home safe in Canada, away from Seattle’s floods and wildfires, and a nuclear family to settle down with – things don’t seem to be going as planned. As she waits for her husband Ahmed to adopt a child from Egypt to round out their family, she starts getting pains that her doctor can’t explain, and she meets an intriguing new friend named JeeYoung. The clock ticks as the Big One approaches to wash away Hoda’s plans, but she is determined to fly away in time. An intense yet comedic experience, this near-futuristic play simulates the unexpected.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 7 PM | Brava Theater Center (2781 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110)

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by Humaira Ghilzai and Bridgette Portman, directed by Aidaa Peerzada

Five Muslim American women embark on an Umrah, a minor pilgrimage, to Mecca. Noor, an Afghan American immigrant with a secret, hopes the journey will give her the absolution she desperately seeks. Her tech CEO daughter Maryam, struggling with legal woes, sees the trip as a way to rebrand herself, while Noor’s nieces, the estranged sisters Sosan and Nadia, work to mend their fractured relationship while fulfilling the Umrah rituals as a requisite to receive their inheritance. Meanwhile, Fatima, a Black Muslim convert, hopes to find her biological mother. Will these five women find the spiritual reawakening they seek, or will secrets, rivalries, and old wounds tear them apart?

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 7 PM | Z Below (470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

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by Hend Ayoub, directed by Carey Perloff

An autobiographical solo show about a young woman’s journey to retrieve and imagine a new sense of home. Through a panoply of vivid characters—from a five-year-old who just wants to join the neighborhood’s Purim party to a casting director in Egypt who can’t forget where she comes from, to her dying mother who longs for her to find a place in the world—Hend shares a deeply personal and true story about her search for the place that many of us take for granted: Home.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 7 PM | Z Below (470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

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The Language of Wild Berries

U.S. Premiere

By Naghmeh Samini, Translated and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Donya and Davood celebrate their wedding anniversary by traveling to the same sea side town where they spent their honeymoon. But on this trip, their 10th anniversary, a mysterious young man is following them. Who is he? What does he want? Trying to solve the mystery of the young man throws Donya and Davood into a time warp recalling their past nine anniversary trips. They remember what they have forgotten. But will that be enough to save their marriage?

Oct 14–Nov 6, 2022 | Potrero Stage (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)

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GOLDEN THREAD TICKETING POLICIES In our continuing efforts to provide an equitable and accessible theatre experience for all, we recently revised our ticketing policies and pricing structure to better reflect three fundamental values we hold that we believe foster a just, inclusive and community-driven space.

  • All artists, staff, cast, and crew deserve fair and equal compensation.
  • Everyone should be able to access all available ticket prices.
  • No one should be turned away for lack of funds.

We have eliminated gatekeeping practices such as exclusive access to prices via discount codes, student/senior status, or group sales and are instead offering a broader range of ticket prices designed to achieve fair wages for our artists while maintaining financial flexibility for our audiences. These include the following ticket categories:

NAME YOUR PRICE Ranging from $20 to $40, Name Your Price tickets offer a range of options, reflecting our more traditional prices. If you previously purchased $20 Thursday tickets, Student/Senior tickets, or General Admission tickets, these are for you!

PAY IT FORWARD Ranging from $50 to $100, Pay It Forward tickets are intentionally priced to support our goal of increasing access to low and no cost tickets, like our Community Walk-ins, each night, for every show. When you purchase one of these tickets, you’re contributing to greater access for all!

PAY WHAT YOU WANT PREVIEWS A self-determined sliding scale, Pay What You Want tickets are available for any preview performance when you pay at the door. (Unfortunately, our box office software can’t do it in advance.) You can also purchase in advance online for only $15.

COMMUNITY WALK-INS A consistent low or no cost option, Community Walk-ins are intended to ensure no one is turned away for lack of funds. 5% of all our seats are set aside each night and can be requested in advance by emailing us at boxoffice@goldenthread.org under the subject line ‘Community Walk-in’ or at the door subject to availability.

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Ticket Policies:

  • Ticket purchases are non-refundable and valid only for the date and performance issued.
  • Free exchanges for a later date or a future show can be made via email subject to availability.
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While we are unable to provide gender neutral restrooms in the venues we rent at this time, we embrace gender diversity and maintain an inclusive space where individual identities are respected. All are welcome to use the restroom that is most comfortable for them, including a private single-stall restroom available in our adjacent office, accessible via a staff member.


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. Advanced purchase or registration is advised.

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