"The Mummy and the Revolution" by Yussef El Guindi
Saturday, November 17, at 2:30pm | Z Space | Free Admission
Yussef El Guindi
Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising, interviews Yussef El Guindi, the 2011 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright, Yussef El Guindi, followed by a staged reading of his MEA commissioned play. Launched in 2008 by Silk Road Rising, Lark Play Development Center and Golden Thread Productions, the Middle East America National New Plays Initiative (MEA) aims to discover and support the development of Middle Eastern American playwrights and plays of the highest artistic caliber and to enrich the canon of American dramatic literature. The program aims to challenge both the lack of representation and the one-dimensional stereotypical representation of persons of Middle Eastern descent on America’s stages.
An Egyptian revolutionary, an American collector, and a reanimated mummy—just three of the characters in this comedic gem from the writer that brought Golden Thread audiences Language Rooms, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes, and Back of the Throat. Golden Thread mainstay Yussef El Guindi’s unique voice has been nationally recognized with the 2011 Middle East America Award and the 2012 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Circle New Play Award.
Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative (MEA) Sponsors: Silk Road Rising & Lark Play Development Center
Rumi x 7 = Tales From the Masnavi directed by Hafiz Karmali
Sunday, November 18, at 2:00pm | Z Space Tickets
Rumi x 7
Rumi comes to life as never before through this lively adaptation of one of the world’s greatest poets in Rumi x 7= Tales from the Masnavi. Rumi’s timeless tales explore the ties that bind human kind to the natural world, to their dreams and to their infinite potential. Seven breathtaking vignettes fuse classical Persian poetry with a dazzling panorama of circus arts and commedia dell arte. Let your imagination soar through this awe-inspiring journey that celebrates the cycle of life and humanity’s universal bond.
Tickets for this family-friendly production are $20 ($15 for students and seniors, free admission for children under 12)