PRESS

Interviews and features about my work.

San Francisco Chronicle

Gaining the Wisdom to say "I Don't Know"

"He has this comfort with the unknown, an embrace of the unknown.” It’s a way of not answering every question, yet not being vague, [Mona Mansour] says. “The really confident directors don’t try to pin that stuff down all the time.”

American Theatre Magazine

6 Theatre Workers You Should Know

 

"I love visiting different worlds, different perspectives, so I’m always looking for singular voices."

SDC Journal

What I Learned...

"From the outside, it might look like staring into space, but creative downtime is key to finding my own voice within each project."

WHYY

'Sensitive Guys' a comedy about no laughing matter

"I think we are used to the kind of survivor stories fed to us through mainstream media that can be dehumanizing. What MJ has done — it’s beautiful. These people are not one-dimensional."

Voices of the Middle East & North Africa on KPFA

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh & Evren Odcikin

"The systemic biases that surround us are very insidious, and it takes very little for them to come to the surface." (Interview begins at 33:00.)

Bay Area Plays Blog

Autobiography ready to offer laughs and deep conversation

"It shows the small and large ways that we are ridiculous when it comes to these identity questions."

We the People, WKYC

Raymond Bobgan & Evren Odcikin

"It feels really important for us to start owning our own story, and work towards changing the narrative." 

Arabology Podcast

Yussef El Guindi & Evren Odcikin

"What we want to have are three-dimensional, complex, flawed representations and the understanding that the community is not all one thing." 

Theatre Bay Area

Company Spotlight: TheatreFirst

"This company is actually doing the thing. It’s not talking about doing the thing, it’s not having meetings about doing the thing, it’s not hiring a consultant to tell them how to do the thing—it’s just doing the damn thing. And people are showing up.” 

Ask A Director Blog

Evren Odcikin

 

"I love a good challenge. If a play scares me, if it feels impossible in some way, that’s the one I am going to direct!"

Arts-Waves on KPFA

Humaira Ghilzai & Evren Odcikin

 

"War is the context. That’s not what the play is about. The play is about real people, who are surviving and living their lives. And that’s rare."

The Do List on KQED Public Radio

Cy and David's Art Picks

 

“He’s done some amazing work over the years. He’s really an inspired and courageous director.”

Personal Blog

Bombs and Facebook Updates

 

"As attacks continue to take innocent lives all over the world—France, Turkey, Lebanon, Belgium, Nigeria, Pakistan, it’s been hard not to feel like I’m living inside Amor’s head."

SF/ARTS Magazine

Dance, Film, Drama: Three Intriguing April Picks 

 

"Jonas’ plays almost ask you to [stage] them like hip-hop storytelling plays. We’ll play with that rhythm, that music."

KQED Arts

Golden Thread’s ReOrient Weaves Together Middle Eastern Stories

 

"As someone who grew up in the Middle East, what I experienced growing up is very different from what I see in the news every day."

Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED Public Radio

Finding the 'Perfect' Political Candidate (Audio)

 

"I love the idea of working on a play that is working on two or three levels at the same time."

American Theatre Magazine

Production Notebook: [410]GONE (PDF)

 

"About a week after I got the gig, a dance video appeared on my Facebook newsfeed called “Fantasy Slut,” by choreographer Miguel Zarate. It had a very sexualized, forward, don’t-give-a-shit kind of attitude, which seemed perfect for the show."

TCG Circle 'Diversity & Inclusion Salon'

It Has to Start From the Art

 

"Do the plays. Hire the actors. Bring in the directors. It has to start from the art."

San Francisco Chronicle

ReOrient Revels in Middle East Theater

 

"In the national dialogue on identity, being mixed race is a complication that few of us are willing to address directly. Orhan poses some difficult questions about the dangers of framing the conversation on the Middle East as 'us against them.'"

Aslan Media

Theatre, Reoriented

 

"What theater can do is different... There is no barrier between the story and the audience. So when one experiences another human being's story, gets to be present to observe their joys and their pain, and shares that experience with a group of other human beings in a room, it becomes a lot harder to hate."

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