Golden Thread Fairytale Players
Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East. In addition to signature programs such as ReOrient festival & Forum, we offer a touring Theatre for Young Audiences program. Inspired by popular performance traditions such as Hakawati, Ru-hozi, Naghalli, Karagoz, and Commedia dell Arte, Golden Thread Fairytale Players employ epic story-telling, puppetry and circus arts techniques in creating performances that draw from enriching folk tales and important historical texts. Far from being archaic museum pieces, these dynamic and humorous shows invite audience participation and make unexpected connections to contemporary culture. Golden Thread Fairytale Players performances appeal to all audiences—children and adults—for their highly entertaining value and important capacity to develop deeper appreciation for diverse cultural traditions.
Leila’s Quest for Flight – When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gathers to help her accomplish her goal. The performance will include traditional Palestinian music and Debkeh dancing. Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian in collaboration with the Fairytale Players, Leila’s Quest for Flight will draw from several well-known stories including, Conference of the Birds, Solomon the Magnificent, and Sing, Black Bird, Sing!