Theatre Festival & Forum Exploring the Middle East
Think you know the Middle East? Think again! ReOrient 2015 will turn San Francisco into a mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East. Nowhere else will you find plays and artists from Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S. all on one stage.
With plays, talkbacks, panels, roundtable conversations, a family show, and a recital for Arabic music lovers, ReOrient 2015 is an artistic celebration and political exploration of this transforming region for curious and engaged theatre lovers and those passionate about international themes.
PRESENTED IN TWO SERIES IN REPERTORY.
SERIES A: The following four short plays perform Thursdays & Saturdays at 8pm
Picking Up the Scent World Premiere by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Evren Odcikin Hisham, an archeologist, discovers an ancient perfume bottle in a war zone. As he digs deeper, his poet wife Nisrin questions if it’s worth risking his life for history.
Turning Tricks U.S. Premiere*** by Silva Semerciyan, directed by Erin Gilley Slavery is hidden in plain sight in the wealthy London of the not-so-distant future. But the players are not who you would expect. (Contains mature content)
Bitterenders World Premiere by Hannah Khalil, directed by Manijeh Mohamedi Maha’s Palestinian family shares their East Jerusalem apartment with an Israeli family, until a surprising letter changes everything—or does it?
Counting in Sha’ab World Premiere by Emma Goldman-Sherman, directed by Erin Gilley Life goes on for Mr. Hattab and a colorful cast of characters from his bustling Baghdad neighborhood despite a bomb going off in front of his grocery store.
SERIES B The following five short plays perform Fridays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm
Lost Kingdom U.S. Premiere*** by Hassan Abdulrazzak, directed by Michael French When a Lebanese-American FBI agent is called in to interrogate a fallen dictator, a twisted tango ensues that complicates black and white notions of good and evil.
Reaching Out World Premiere Inspired by Golden Thread’s global theatre collaboration, Project Alo? conceived and co-directed by Torange Yeghiazarian, edited and co-directed by Erin Gilley See what happens when pairs of artists, one based in the US and one in the Middle East, are asked to communicate through video clips captured entirely on cell-phones.
Ceasefire West Coast Premiere by Ken Kaissar, directed by Evren Odcikin Can a ceasefire allow Israeli and Lebanese soldiers patrolling the border to see each other as something other than enemy?
Songs of Our Childhood World Premiere by Nahal Navidar, directed by Sara Razavi Childhood friends, Mira and Sanaz, work as triage nurses during the Iran-Iraq War. But it’s their ideological battles that threaten the peace inside the hospital.
The House West Coast Premiere*** by Tala Manassah and Mona Mansour, directed by Sara Razavi Kamal, a Palestinian-American scientist, and his philosopher daughter Alia put on a play and take an imaginary trip to his childhood home.
***The shows I’ll be appearing in for ReOrient 2015