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Bring alive two fantastic plays by women playwrights, and the newest Golden Thread youth education presentation from Fairytale Players.
74 backers pledged $12,500 to help bring this project to life.

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From the San Francisco Bay Area's only theatre company focused on the Middle East! 

Now is a great time to join Golden Thread's community. With your help, we can launch our new youth programs and our spectacular 2013 Fall Season: featuring two outstanding plays by women playwrights!

3 outstanding plays, 2 amazing women playwrights, and 1 main stage. Your support helps us create more award-winning youth programing, including ZIRYAB: THE FIFTH STRING, with tales from Andalusia. Our new season enriches your soul with entertaining and thought-provoking theatre for all ages.

Fall Season 2013

444 Days is a tangled web of love, betrayal and espionage written by Golden Thread artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian, directed by Darvag Theatre group founding member, Bella Warda.

Urge for Going, a searing and funny family story by Mona Mansour, directed by Golden Thread artistic associate, Evren Odcikin.

Premiering October 2013, is the timely 444 DAYS: Can anything survive decades of secrecy, broken promises, and political intrigue? Laleh, an Iranian revolutionary, and Henry, a diplomatic attaché, meet for the first time in 25 years as Laleh’s daughter lies in a coma. The last time they spoke was when she held him hostage for 444 days at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran along with 52 other Americans. International espionage and family secrets mesh in unexpected ways in this World Premiere play by Golden Thread’s award-winning artistic director.

URGE FOR GOING is coming!  November 2013 launches the West Coast Premiere for this fabulous play.  In this smart father-daughter drama, the award-winning playwright Mona Mansour poses a heartfelt question:  What do you do when the only way to live is to leave? 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.

CALL ME MEHDI, by Torange Yeghiazarian. ReOrient 2009. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
CALL ME MEHDI, by Torange Yeghiazarian. ReOrient 2009. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
THE LETTER by Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah. ReOrient 2012. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
THE LETTER by Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah. ReOrient 2012. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

Theatre for All Ages

Invest in 2013 program development for our latest installation of Fairytale Players to come alive as never before. For those who enjoyed RUMI x 7, the next installation of Islam 101 will be equally riveting. Supporting our Kickstarter campaign will contribute to  developing the next "Islam 101" play, THE FIFTH STRING: Ziryab's Passage to Cordoba. Development of the play begins in summer 2013, with the finished work to premiere by Spring 2014.

Audiences of all ages enjoy our Education and Family Programming. RUMI X 7 at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
Audiences of all ages enjoy our Education and Family Programming. RUMI X 7 at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

Our Productions

We are the San Francisco Bay Area's only theatre company focused on the Middle East. We offer a unique inclusive vision that gathers multiple stories on one stage. Our productions consistently:

  • Earn rave reviews by theater critics and fans alike 
  • Achieve major grants, such as from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Include education outreach and emerging artist development

Tax Deductible

We are a registered Non-Profit theatre company & you receive TAX DEDUCTIBLE documentation for your generous support at any level. Your tax-deductible support helps ensure the future of our quality productions. Every donor will receive a letter that includes our IRS number and confirms your donation date and full amount. Thank you for your gift!

RUMI X 7 at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
RUMI X 7 at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

Where Does Your Money Go?

  • Salaries and fees of our fantastic artists. 
  • Costumes, props and scenery costs of productions.
  • Rental of performance and rehearsal space. 
  • Marketing & documenting our main stage 2013 productions.
  • FREE THEATER for students, children, and for low-to-no income communities through our partnerships at schools, community centers, and libraries.

YOU CAN JOIN OUR COMMUNITY WITH ANY AMOUNT TO SUPPORT

While our Kickstarter goal is only a small fraction of our production budget, it will allow Golden Thread to propel our mission of expanding the American canon to include vital voices from the Middle East.

Please spread the word! That's free and gives you a huge return on your time as you inspire this fresh season, a celebration of American theater. THANK YOU!

Kickstarter is ALL or NOTHING. Your funds are only used if we hit our minimum target of $12,500. With your contribution, we can reach our goal. We believe in you! That's why we bring you engaging theater.

ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian. ReOrient 2009. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com
ABAGA by Torange Yeghiazarian. ReOrient 2009. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

Risks and challenges

Since 1996, we have proven ourselves as pioneers in Middle Eastern American theatre. We are seeking outreach through Kickstarter because we believe the international community beyond the San Francisco Bay Area supports us and we would like to document what we do locally to serve theater patrons globally.

CHALLENGES
Our challenges are those any non-profit in the arts faces: increasing fees and inflation, with decreasing donations from the grant world in the post-2009 global crisis. The main risk we are taking is with our own credit and reputation: we will be late making payments if we don't secure funds in time.

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    GOLDEN GIVING: We are a tax-deductible organization. Support at any level for a tax deduction, and we will thank you for your gift with a tax deductible receipt.

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    GOLDEN THANKS: Receive an autographed high resolution digital copy of each play's cover from our Fall 2013 main stage productions. Signed with love by Mona Mansour (Urge for Going) and Torange Yeghiazarian (444 Days). Plus, a personalized thank you for your generosity and a listing as a Fall 2013 season donor.

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    COMMUNITY PARTNER: Join us in San Francisco this Fall 2013 at a private reception celebrating the two fantastic women playwrights at the heart of our fall programs, Mona Mansour and Torange Yeghiazarian. Mona, Torange, and the Golden Thread community welcome you to this special invitation-only event for generous community partners like you. Travel not included, but we guarantee warm smiles and wonderful conversations!

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    GOLDEN CELEBRATION: You're invited! Receive an exclusive invitation to our annual Golden Thread celebration (SF Bay Area--travel not included). Includes a personalized thank you and a listing as a Fall 2013 season donor.

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    GOLDEN PICNIC: Includes the annual celebration invitation; a personalized thank you; a listing as a Fall 2013 season donor, plus a limited edition Golden Thread reusable tote bag, custom designed for this campaign! Great for picnic, market, game day, and much, much more!

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    GOLDEN LEAVES: To showcase your generosity in an eternal tribute, your name will be added to our Golden Thread TREE OF LIFE. At every world premiere, you'll be featured as a permanent donor with your name engraved on a copper leaf and installed on a 5x6 feet "Tree of Life" displayed in the theatre lobby. This reward level includes the annual celebration invitation; a personalized thank you; a listing as a Fall 2013 season donor.

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    GOLDEN GRILL: Pledging at this level and above creates an invitation for 4 to join our Golden Thread Barbeque Extravaganza (SF Bay Area--travel not included). In your honor, we are launching the first ever BATTLE OF THE BARBEQUE, featuring the Men of Golden Thread. We're talking kebab kings, grill masters, and sous vide specialists like you've never seen. (Also includes TREE OF LIFE; annual celebration invitation; a personalized thank you; a listing as a Fall 2013 season donor).

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