Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, 2017

Two actors, a director and a playwright — also named Saïd Sayrafiezadeh — attempt to stage a play about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. But fear of retribution by the American government, as well as the performers’ own untruthfulness, causes the players on stage to unwittingly create an incendiary story about September 11th.

“Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s biting and brutal new comedy, Autobiography of a Terrorist is a multi-layered, intellectually complex, and splendid piece of work.”

          —The Huffington Post

“This is a perfect demonstration of how cultural, and artistic, appropriation works.”

          —San Francisco Weekly

“…the symbolism of a pointedly political work gone awry takes aim at absolutist stances, including Sayrafiezadeh’s own.”

          —San Francisco Chronicle

…an emotional, meaningful work with a twist.”

          —The Stanford Daily

…disturbing in how aptly it captures how thin people’s veneer of tolerance can be, even — or rather especially — when they believe it to be genuine.”

          —Mercury News

“Sayrafiezadeh’s vulnerability is now manifesting itself off the page…”

          —Jewish News Weekly

To read an excerpt:

          —PEN America Journal

To listen to an interview: