ReOrient Forum is presented in association with ReOrient 2009 – The First Ten Years, a celebration of ten years of ReOrient Festival of short plays exploring the Middle East. This year’s hallmark event includes the production of nine short plays in two alternating series at the Thick House in San Francisco from November 19 to December 13. For more information visit


ReOrient Forum


Saturday 12/5, 9 am – 5 pm








Placing the Middle East Center Stage in America (40 min)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Holly Hill, editor,” Salaam/Peace, An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Plays” TCG, 2009.


Introducing Adriana Sevahn Nichols, Distinguished Playwright, Middle East America Initiative (20 min)

Night Over Erzinga, an Armenian woman’s journey of discovery

Introduced by Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director, Silk Road Theatre Project


11:00am – Break



Our Global Community – session 1 (1hr)

Reaching professional theatre artists in the Middle East (via the Internet)

Internet Play Performance & Talkback with Yussef El Guindi in Cairo

Payvand Theatre Company, Tehran, Iran

Ashtar Theatre Company, Ramallah, Palestine


12:30 – Lunch



Beyond Babaganoush & Bellydancing

Exhibit & Conversation with Artist, Ali Dadgar



Permission to Represent & Transform: New Play Development in the Age of Identity Politics (1 hr)

Chair: Philip Gotanda

Participants: Motti Lerner (playwright, representing the ‘other’ in Benedictus), Denmo Ibrahim & Evren Odcikin (playwright & director, reinterpretation of a Sufi fable in Ecstasy), Adriana Sevahn Nichols (playwright, investigating personal heritage in Night Over Erzinga)


3:30pm- break



Concert – ASWAT Bay Area Arabic Choir & Orchestra (ticketed event)



ReOrient Performances – Series 1 at the Thick House (ticketed event)

ReOrient Forum – Day 2


Sunday 12/6, 10 am – 11 pm


10:00am (1hr)

Theatre and Peace-building

Chair: Roberto Varea, USF Theatre & Social Justice Program

Participants: Catherine Filleux (Theatre Without Borders), Motti Lerner (Playwright), Hafiz Karmali (Director)


11:00am – Break



Our Global Community – session 2 (1hr)

Reaching professional theatre artists in the Middle East (via the Internet)


Internet Play Performance & Talkback with Yussef El Guindi in Cairo

Al-Warsha Theatre Troupe, Cairo, Egypt


12:30 – Lunch


1:30 pm

Intercultural Artistic Exchange: Obstacles & Opportunities (1hr)

Chair: Holly Hill

Participants: Emilya Chapereno (Theatre Communications Group), Hyesun Shin, Lisa Schlesinger, Isis Saratial Misdary


1:30pm – Break



Performance – Ballet Afsaneh (ticketed event)



ReOrient Festival – Series 2 at the Thick House (ticketed event)



ReOrient Birthday Bash at the Artaud (ticketed event)

DJ & Cash Bar




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ReOrient Forum

Dates:                        December 5 & 6


Panels & Exhibit Free to the Public


Ticketed Events           

                        Aswat Concert – Saturday, December 5th at 2:30pm

                        Ballet Afsaneh Performance – Sunday, December 6th at 2:30pm

                        ReOrient Birthday Bash – Sunday, December 6th at 7:30pm



TICKETS            Panels & Exhibit are FREE to the Public.


                        Prices for Ticketed Events:

:                        General Admission $25 at the door, $20 in Advance

Students, Seniors & TBA members $15 at the door, $12 in Advance


Anniversary Pass $75 in Advance

Forum Pass $50 in Advance

Anniversary Pass includes admission to all Festival performances & Forum ticketed events


LOCATION:            Theatre Artaud, 450 Florida St. San Francisco


BOX OFFICE:  (415) 626-4061;


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