Cover to Cover Open Book, for January 11, 2008 - 3:00pm
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Amelia Gonzalez talks with Torange Yeghiazarian, artistic director of Golden Thread Productions and playwright, Ignacio Zulueta about ReOrient 2007-08. ReOrient is the annual festival of short plays about the Middle East is back for another thought-provoking and transformative season. Featuring five plays that reflect the diversity of the region as well as the urgency with which we must engage with it. ReOrient 2007/08 showcases writing by award-winning writers such as Naomi Wallace; deeply admired Iranian poet, Simin Behbehani; emerging Bay Area playwright of Pilipino background, Ignacio Zulueta and one of today’s most sought after Middle Eastern-American playwrights, Yussef El Guindi.
“ReOrient is not just about the Middle East” shares Golden Thread’s Artistic Director, Torange Yeghiazarian, “ReOrient is about us and our relationship to the world as Americans.” At a time when the Middle East is at the forefront of the news on a daily basis, the ReOrient festival provides a rare opportunity for artists and audiences alike to engage deeply and directly with the Middle East in a creative and supportive setting that displaces misinformation and encourages understanding. For more information, check out www.goldenthread.org