REORIENT 2019 Festival of Short Plays
ReOrient 2019 celebrates the 20th anniversary of this innovative and spirited festival of short plays from or about the Middle East. The line-up includes playwrights with longtime associations with Golden Thread: Egyptian American playwright Yussef El Guindi, Bay Area-based Palestinian American playwright Betty Shamieh and MacArthur Fellow and celebrated playwright Naomi Wallace. Joining these are four newcomers to the festival: Iraqi British writer and actor Rendah Heywood, Noor Theatre founding Artistic Director Lameece Issaq and Turkish Kurdish writer and filmmaker Mustafa Kaymak. Selected from 108 submissions from 13 countries, the seven short plays are diverse in content and style, highlighting the multiplicity of Middle Eastern perspectives and identities.