A Play about Syrian Refugees Told Through the Language of Food

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Actress Nora el Samahy cooks kibbeh, a traditional Syrian dish, while telling a story in the play 'My Sweet Land.' (Photo: David Allen Studio/Golden Thread)

Golden Thread is a San Francisco theater company devoted to shows about the Middle East. Their new show is My Sweet Land, by the Palestinian playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi, and based on interviews Zuabi did with Syrian refugees. Golden Thread is staging this one-woman show, starring Nora el Samahy, in Bay Area home and community kitchens as Zuabi intended. You can smell and hear the onions cooking as Samahy makes a batch of kibbe.

Director Torange Yeghiazarian of Golden Thread Productions says that food can have tears in it, and yet still sustain us. “Part of what we are doing by going to people’s homes and workplaces, is to say ‘You’re not alone. That we’re in this together, and we can hold each other and we can talk about it, and possibly somebody will find a solution, you know.”

Golden Thread productions presents Oh My Sweet Land in a series of home and community kitchens through Sunday, Oct. 22; details here.