Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel

Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about visual art, music, film, Islam, the Middle East, global affairs, and other subjects of interest. He's also the author two full-length plays: "The Wailing In-Laws: Amal and Abraham Plan Their Muslim-Jewish Wedding Day," and "The A** List: Art and Assassination in the Age of Donald Trump." In...
Jonathan Curiel is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist who has written widely about visual art, music, film, Islam, the Middle East, global affairs, and other subjects of interest. He's also the author two full-length plays: "The Wailing In-Laws: Amal and Abraham Plan Their Muslim-Jewish Wedding Day," and "The A** List: Art and Assassination in the Age of Donald Trump." In reviewing "The A** List" for its 2019 playwright competition, the Austin Film Festival said: “This drama is a piercing examination of how powerlessness to overcome one’s circumstances can lead to dangerous and destructive behavior. Politics of our time, brutish social media exchanges and exposed sexual violence make up the perfect toxic environment for the setting of this story. . . . The playwright’s use of irony at the end of the play is provocative.”

Plays

  • The Wailing In-Laws: Amal and Abraham Plan Their Muslim-Jewish Wedding Day
    A Muslim-American woman from Syria meets a Jewish-American man in San Francisco through a bizarre set of circumstances, but love still emerges for a couple that’s determined to break from their families’ biggest traditions. Standing in their way: In-laws from both sides, who question Amal and Abraham’s plan to marry and their plan to raise their kids as both Jews and Muslims. What will their offspring actually...
    A Muslim-American woman from Syria meets a Jewish-American man in San Francisco through a bizarre set of circumstances, but love still emerges for a couple that’s determined to break from their families’ biggest traditions. Standing in their way: In-laws from both sides, who question Amal and Abraham’s plan to marry and their plan to raise their kids as both Jews and Muslims. What will their offspring actually be called? “Jewslims”? “Jarabs”? How will Amal and Abraham deal with haters who say they’re both betraying their faiths? And how can Amal and Abraham even pull of a wedding if close relatives are trying to sabotage it? "The Wailing In-Laws: Amal and Abraham Plan Their Muslim-Jewish Wedding Day" takes every character on a journey of discovery – a discovery that leads to doubts, fights, lots of bad jokes, and surprising realizations about historic truths and long-held assumptions that are no longer valid. Secrets spill out. Revelations are made. And when all is done, the families link the wedding with everything from OJ Simpson’s murder trial to Julius Caesar’s horrific comb-over. The biggest question isn’t whether Amal and Abraham will survive the wedding. It’s whether everyone involved will survive the dust-ups and crack-ups that precede the big nuptials.
  • The Second Date: Lies, Lust, and Longing for Relief from “the Hell That Is Tinder”
    A 58-year-old man goes on a second date with a younger woman named Soraya. They met on Tinder, and had a decent first date, and now they're sitting down at an unnamed American restaurant – but new revelations derail the date within minutes. Who's telling the most egregious lies? And who's raising the most red flags? Their conversation connects the "digital hell" that is dating apps with...
    A 58-year-old man goes on a second date with a younger woman named Soraya. They met on Tinder, and had a decent first date, and now they're sitting down at an unnamed American restaurant – but new revelations derail the date within minutes. Who's telling the most egregious lies? And who's raising the most red flags? Their conversation connects the "digital hell" that is dating apps with the "analogue hell" that can be real life. But even hell can be funny and insightful about human nature – and so it is with "The Second Date," with twists and turns that say everything about the world we live in.
  • The 7 P.M. Bus Ride
    A crowded bus makes its way into the evening commute. An older woman gets on looking for a seat. A younger man refuses to get up. What follows is a verbal debate among passengers and the driver about race, emojis, Quentin Tarantino films, and other subjects that draw out the best and the worst in people. Everyone on the bus has an opinion. And most everyone on the bus wants to get home as quickly as possible,...
    A crowded bus makes its way into the evening commute. An older woman gets on looking for a seat. A younger man refuses to get up. What follows is a verbal debate among passengers and the driver about race, emojis, Quentin Tarantino films, and other subjects that draw out the best and the worst in people. Everyone on the bus has an opinion. And most everyone on the bus wants to get home as quickly as possible, even as the verbal jousting gets more interesting and much more volatile.
  • 1 Corner, 4 Strangers - Let the 'Diss Course' Begin
    An old, homeless man asks for change as he stands at a busy San Francisco intersection. A young, wealthy tech worker puts $10 in his cup – but also gives him a snarky comment that leads to a huge verbal fight. A passerby and her camera-yielding boyfriend quickly get involved. Their collective back-and-forth – about politics, about “genderized” language, and about other loaded topics – brings them all to the...
    An old, homeless man asks for change as he stands at a busy San Francisco intersection. A young, wealthy tech worker puts $10 in his cup – but also gives him a snarky comment that leads to a huge verbal fight. A passerby and her camera-yielding boyfriend quickly get involved. Their collective back-and-forth – about politics, about “genderized” language, and about other loaded topics – brings them all to the brink. Will they tone down their rhetoric before it’s too late?