ReOrient 2012

Building on the success of Golden Thread Productions' tenth anniversary festival in 2009, ReOrient 2012 transforms San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought — provoking theatre from and about the Middle East. With eleven fully-produced short plays by playwrights from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England, and the U.S. presented in two series simultaneously, the latest ReOrient is a one-of-a-kind exploration of this unique region and its theater, stories, and artists.

Hafiz Karmali directs War and Peace by acclaimed Egyptian playwright Tawfiq al-Hakim and translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi. War and Peace presents Politica, a vivacious woman, who must choose between her domineering husband War and oft-disappointed lover Peace. Funny and subtle, this symbolic short play could keep a senior seminar in a political science department busy for weeks.

Golden Thread Productions hosted the ReOrient Forum November 17–18, 2012, at Theatre Artaud — a weekend of artistic dialogue, presentations, and performance.

ReOrient 2009

Hafiz Karmali directed Abaga by Torange Yeghiazarian and A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekov as adapted by Yussef El Guindi.

Also presented was Yussef El Guindi's The Review, a performance consisting of a dialogue on Skype with one character in Cairo and another in San Francisco.


ReOrient 2012 at Golden Thread Productions

Aslan Media: Theatre, Reoriented: Bay Area Golden Thread's Hallmark Event Brings the Middle East Center Stage

ReOrient 2012 • War & Peace by Tawfiq Al-Hakim
Translated by May Jayyusi & David Wright

PRODUCER: Golden Thread Productions; Ensemble: Lena Hart, Jesse Horne, Garth Petal. Set: Tanya Orellana; Costumes: Michelle Mulholland; Props: Alex Peri; Lighting: Alejandro Acosta; Sound: Brendan Aanes; Production Manager: Jesse Brownstein; Production Stage Manager: Wesley Apfel; Stage Managers: Ash Nichols, Michelle Smith; Photos: