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Golden Thread's ReOrient Forum Day 1: Exploring Middle Eastern Theater (Free)

Golden Thread Productions, the only theater company in the US that stages Middle Eastern plays exclusively, is holding a free two-day forum as part of its ReOrient 2012 Festival. The ReOrient Forum will explore Middle Eastern theater as well as poetry, dance and culture. Here is the agenda for Day 1 of the ReOrient Forum:


ReOrient Forum Day 1: Saturday, November 17, 2012

9-9:30 am: Registration and refreshments

9:30-9:45 am: Welcome from Golden Thread Founder, Torange Yeghiazarian

9:45-10:45 am: Keynote address: Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University. "In Our Own Words"--the current state of arts, identity, alterity and representation in the current climate and upheaval.

10:40-noon: Panel: Arab Spring and its dramatic reverberations. Hybrid Theatre Works brings together artists from the Arab World and Iran to reflect upon the socio-political transformation intiated by the current events in the Middle East.

noon-1 pm: Lunch break

1-2:20 pm: Panel: Staging the Middle East. Bay Area theater companies discuss the distinct challenges and rewards of staging plays about the Middle East.

2:30-4:30 pm: Special Presentation: Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative and staged reading of Egyptian playwright, Yusef Guindi's 2011 winning play, "The Mummy and the Revolution"

4:30-5:00: 5-minute playwriting contest award and play presentations

5:10-6:20 pm: Panel: Comedic Counter-Terrorism. A playwright, a juggler and a standup comedian walk into a panel...

6:30-8 pm: ReOrient Lounge


8-10 pm: ReOrient Performance Series A (this is a ticketed event and separate from the free forum) at Noh Space. For tickets, visit:

8-9:30 pm: ReOrient Performance Series B (this is a ticketed event and separate from the free forum) at Z Space. For tickets, visit:


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