foolsFURY Theater Presents:
Role Call
plays by foolsFURY women

Running: October 5 – 22, 2017
Location: NOH Space – 2840 Mariposa St, San Francisco
Preview Performances: October 5 & 6
Opening Night: October 7th, Saturday
Press / Industry Opening: October 9th, Monday
Directed by: Ben Yalom

FoolsFURY’s next full production highlights individual shows by two long time ensemble members, Co-Artistic Director Debórah Eliezer and Core Member Michelle Haner, powerful women artists making powerful art. Each story is intensely personal, but both feature the hallmark ensemble spirit and striking performances that has made foolsFURY a perennial innovator.

by Debórah Eliezer

A song sung in a language I can’t understand…A dream I can’t remember.

Debórah Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, a refugee, an Israeli spy, and an immigrant to America. The story follows  the little-known history and tenuous position of Arab Jews in Baghdad in the years leading up to, during and following World War II. Jews had been well-integrated into Iraqi life for over 2500 years, and made up a third of Baghdad’s population in 1940. Within a decade, nearly all 130,000 were gone, expelled, escaped, or killed. Today fewer than 10 remain.

This powerhouse solo performance combines story, movement, music, song, recordings and segments of Edward Ben-Eliezer’s 2007 video interview with the National Holocaust Organization. Eliezer creates several different characters, including her father at three different ages, her great grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, historical figures and The Land itself.

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Sheryl, Hamlet, and Me
By Michelle Haner

To be or not to be – what are the existential questions for those who crave life, relevance, purpose and power in the 21st century?

Told through the lens of three figures – Haner, a drama teacher; Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg; and Shakespeare’s tragic Prince of Denmark – this surreal excursion explores what it means to be an ambitious woman in the 21st century and what price we’re willing to pay to expand our reach and influence in this digital era.

When the play opens, Hamlet, residing in the imaginary Land of Characters, is in despair. He has lost his audience to streaming TV, video games, and SnapChat. Seeking to rectify the situation, he slips into our modern society with the help of Kim Kardashian’s smartphone.

Initially he encounters Haner, who is mounting Hamlet at a local high school. He promises to help Haner and her students make the most brilliant and moving modern staging of the play, fulfilling her dream of spreading her love of theater to the world. However, as Hamlet becomes attuned to the power of social media, he begins to re-examine just what it means to be relevant in the 21st century. The action takes place alongside the juxtaposition of the different paths taken by Haner and Sandberg (who in real life were Freshman classmates at Harvard).

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Buyout an entire night (capacity 65) for $1500. Price includes special activities, wine and a talkback with the foolsFURY creative team. Perfect for your book club, affinity group, child’s school or alumni org. Available while supplies last, email

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The development of Role Call was supported in part by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the Bernard Osher Foundation

AFTER SHOW TEA SALON Sunday, October 15th (free with ROLE CALL ticket)
Tuning Baghdad: the history of Iraqi music with Regine Basha

Join us for an engaging discussion about the important role Jews played in Iraqi Jewish music with art curator and cultural archivist, Regine Basha.

Born in Israel to Iraqi parents in 1968, Regine grew up within the Iraqi-Jewish communities of Montreal, Los Angeles and New York. She went into studio art at NYU and in 1996 she completed her graduate degree at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. For two decades her work as a writer and independent curator of contemporary art ( has involved working closely with artists to determine innovative models of dissemination and forms of direct public engagement. As a witness to the insistent Arabic culture of the Iraqi Jews, she embarked on the archive project Tuning Baghdad in 1998 inspired by a her family’s trove of super 8mm home movies and mixed cassette recordings of live parties. Tuning Baghdad has evolved into a DJ presentation as well as a 6 episode radio show with Clocktower Radio. She has been collaborating with Michael Rakowitz and Ella Shohat in Dar Al Suhl since 2013. Regine is currently the Residency Director at Pioneer Works, a center for art and culture in Brooklyn, New York.