Plays

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Autobiography of a Terrorist

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.

 
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Long Dream in Summer

Plays from Actors Theater of Louisville, Humana Festival, 2005
Broadway Play Publishing, 2007

On June 19, 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey, a mother tries to prevent her only son from going off to fight in the Mexican-American War by having him tryout for the first baseball game ever played.

 
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New York is Bleeding

Commissioned by New York Theatre Workshop, 2001
Developed by Sundance Theatre Lab, 2005
Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts, 2006
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

Under the watchful eye of an omniscient cockroach, New York is Bleeding follows the lives of seven New Yorkers — a black maid, an Irish seamstress and her unemployed son, a black longshoreman, a wealthy white manufacturer and his two children — as New York City erupts into the worst riot in American history after Abraham Lincoln signs the first conscription act. Based on actual events.

 
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All Fall Away

Theatre 503, London, 2003

In post-apocalyptic New York the rent is late. And as Christmas quickly approaches, a single mother and her clever son — along with an amorous exterminator — must hatch a plan to pay for it.