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Enjoy Live Theater: "Urge for Going" from Golden Thread Productions

West Coast Premiere of "Urge for Going" by Mona Mansour


In November, Golden Thread Productions, America's first theater company dedicated to staging plays from and about the Middle East, is staging the West Coast premiere of Urge for Going by Mona Mansour, a talented, award-winning Arab-American playwright.

This searing and funny family story set in a Palestinian refugee camp, follows one daughter's drive to overcome her circumstances. Jamila, a studious 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, feverishly prepares for the university exam that is her only way out of the impoverished world she calls home. 

Winner of the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Prize and Middle East America honorable mention, Mansour offers a feast of personalities and juicy dialogue in this searing and funny family story. Mona explains:

“I'm excited to look again at this piece that really is fairly autobiographical and very close to my heart...I don't think stories about the Middle East are being told enough, and they surely aren't being told truthfully.”

Urge For Going runs November 14–December 8, 2013

Meetup Event: Thursday, November 14th

Suggested donation: $10 for the performance. 

Z Below is a very small venue so you may want to purchase your tickets in advance:
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/926247

AND

MEET PLAYWRIGHT, MONA MANSOUR! MONA WILL BE IN CONVERSATION WITH GOLDEN THREAD FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TORANGE YEGHIAZARIAN:

Mona_interview

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 16,  from 4-6 pm 

COST: $5 is the suggested admission for the talk (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

LOCATION: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), 
1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612
Limited parking available; near BART
www.iccnc.org

As part of the “Islam & Authors” series, Mona Mansour discusses her latest play, "Urge for Going", a Palestinian-American family drama, and talks about storytelling and the theater-(In conversation with Torange Yeghiazarian of Golden Thread Productions)




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  • Laurie

    this was great! hope that more are in store for the future. love this kind of theater which approaches the more complex issues of the middle east and its peoples.

    November 16, 2013

  • mohammed

    Hey all

    November 13, 2013

  • Laurie

    hi all - i will be driving tomorrow from east bay to the play - happy to take people in my car. just contact me via email at [masked] and we can set up the pick-up schedule. Faiza i will be happy to pick you up from your place.

    November 13, 2013

  • Faiza

    Saturday, Nov. 16, (4 to 6 pm)
    Mona Monsour, playwright--Urge for Going
    As part of the “Islam & Authors” series, Mona discusses her latest play, a Palestinian-American family drama, and talks about storytelling and the theater-(In conversation with Torange Yeghiazarian of Golden Thread Productions)

    ($5 admission)
    No one turned away for lack of funds.


    LOCATION:Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)
    1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612
    Limited parking available; near BART
    www.iccnc.org

    October 21, 2013

    • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

      The playwright, Mona Mansour, will be speaking at the Islamic Center in Oakland on Madison Avenue on Saturday Nov. 16 from 4-6 pm--just before the official opening of the play. I scheduled the Nov. 14 meetup for the preview of the play because it's more affordable for most.

      October 31, 2013

    • Laurie

      thanks - i need to learn to read the fine print..heh.heh

      October 31, 2013

  • Laurie

    Hey - does anyone want to carpool from the east bay, for the Thursday night show? Nov 14th? I am happy to take people in my 5 seater toyota.

    October 28, 2013

    • Faiza

      I can probably carpool...

      October 30, 2013

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    The Thursday, Nov. 14 performance is a "pay what you can" but $10 is the suggested donation. This is a non-profit theater company that relies on the generous donation of patrons to stay alive. The regualar priced tickets are $30-45 each.

    October 27, 2013

  • Lulu

    “I'm excited to look again at this piece that really is fairly autobiographical and very close to my heart...I don't think stories about the Middle East are being told enough, and they surely aren't being told truthfully.” I couldnt agree more. Really look forward to this! Thanks for posting!

    September 29, 2013

    • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

      Lulu, Golden Thread Productions is the only theater company in the US that is dedicated to staging plays from and about the Middle East. I'm on the board of directors for the theater company and I'm thrilled that you are coming to see one of our productions. I hope enjoy it and come to other future shows.

      September 30, 2013

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