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Four Plays from the ReOrient Festival 2015

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Eight short plays were selected to be presented during the ReOrient 2015 Festival, which will run from September 10 to October 4 at Z Below Theatre in San Francisco. Artistic Director Yeghiazarian has reported that: “This year’s selection process was particularly difficult, because we faced extraordinarily high quality of plays. It’s such a thrill to discover new writers and follow common themes in the submissions. For example, this year we had two very strong plays humanizing a tyrant. There seems to be an urge to explore the mind of some of the leaders who have been toppled, perhaps to understand how to deal with the ones who have not.”

The 2015 winners feature returning ReOrient favorites Yussef El Guindi, Mona Mansour, Tala Manassah, and Silva Semerciyan, as well as emerging Middle Eastern-American playwrights such as Nahal Navidar. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of three UK-based playwrights: Semerciyan, Hassan Abdulrazzak, and Hannah Khalil. ReOrient 2015 will be the US debut for Abdulrazzak and Khalil. Two ReOrient newcomers Emma Goldman-Sherman and Ken Kaissar round out the winners. Selected from 75 submissions from 15 countries, the winning short plays are diverse in content and style, highlighting the multiplicity of Middle Eastern perspectives and identities. In addition, six playwrights received Honorable Mentions: James Christy, J. Thalia Cunningham, Jesse Freeman, Tariq Hamami, Mara Lockowandt, and Madison Niederhauser.  Here is a complete list of the winning works:

Lost Kingdom by Hassan Abdulrazzak (London, UK)
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