On Thursday 11/8, the Works by Women San Francisco Meetup Group hosted our first event – a performance of ReOrient 2012. This festival of short plays about the Middle East is produced by Golden Thread Productions, a stalwart small Bay Area theater company, founded by Torange Yeghiazarian (see her interview here). We chose this production because it demonstrates gender parity: 16 out of the 32 artists working on the show are women! By chance, Works by Women San Francisco also brought 16 women to see the show on 11/8, perhaps a symbolic sign that the universe is smiling on our venture to promote the work women are doing in San Francisco/Bay Area theater!
If you were part of the Meetup event or saw ReOrient 2012 Series A or B on your own, we would love to hear your shout-outs to the 16 women artists involved. What did you find meaningful or interesting about their work? Post your comments below and celebrate the artistry of:
Playwrights Elizabeth Benedict (Orhan in Series B), Silva Semerciyan (Stalemate, Series A), Jen Silverman (In the Days That Followed in Series A), and Naomi Wallace (City of Grubs I Series B)
Performers Nora El Samahy* (Birds Flew In and In the Days That Follow in Series A), Lena Hart* (War and Peace and The Letter in Series A), and Roneet Rahamim (2012 and In the Days That Follow in Series A)
Designers Michelle Mulholland (Costume Design) and Tanya Orellana (Set Design)
Directors Desdemona Chiang (Stalemate in Series A and City of Grubs in Series B), Sara Razavi (2012 and The Letter in Series A), Torange Yeghiazarian (Voice Room and Stuck in Series B), and Christine Young (In the Days That Follow in Series A)