Omer Abbas Salem

Omer Abbas Salem

Omer Abbas Salem is a Chicago actor and writer. As an actor, his Chicago credits include Linda, Earthquakes in London, Light Falls (Steep Theatre), My Dear Hussein, INVASION! (Silk Road Rising), Even Longer and Further Away (The New Colony), Pinocchio (The House), Princess Mary (Bailiwick Chicago), and Washer/Dryer (Rasaka Theatre). Regional: A Christmas Carol and You Across From Me (Actors Theatre of...
Omer Abbas Salem is a Chicago actor and writer. As an actor, his Chicago credits include Linda, Earthquakes in London, Light Falls (Steep Theatre), My Dear Hussein, INVASION! (Silk Road Rising), Even Longer and Further Away (The New Colony), Pinocchio (The House), Princess Mary (Bailiwick Chicago), and Washer/Dryer (Rasaka Theatre). Regional: A Christmas Carol and You Across From Me (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Off Broadway: Eddie and Dave (The Atlantic Theater). His writing has been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jackalope Theater, The New Colony, National Queer Theater, and Steppenwolf Theatre. His play Mosque4Mosque has under gone development through The Habibis and National Queer Theater and is Steppenwolf Theatre's SCOUT Program development for 2020/2021. His play Being Julia Roberts is part of Jackalope Theatre's New Frontier Series 2020/2021. The Secretaries is a semi-finalist in Definition Theatre's Amplify Commission 2020/2021. He is a proud Core Ensemble Member of The New Colony a founding member of MENASA MidWest and was an Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice 17/18. He is represented by DDO Chicago. www.omerabbassalem.com

Plays

  • Mosque4Mosque
    Ibrahim is the average 30something Arab American Muslim who is constantly being reminded how unmarried he is by his relentlessly caring immigrant mother, Sara. Having helped raise his smart, popular, hijabi cheerleading younger sister Lena, Ibrahim has always been comfortable sinking into the background. Normal job, quiet life, easy men. But on the precipice of finding what could be his first real relationship...
    Ibrahim is the average 30something Arab American Muslim who is constantly being reminded how unmarried he is by his relentlessly caring immigrant mother, Sara. Having helped raise his smart, popular, hijabi cheerleading younger sister Lena, Ibrahim has always been comfortable sinking into the background. Normal job, quiet life, easy men. But on the precipice of finding what could be his first real relationship, Sara feels compelled to take Ibrahim's future into her own hands by attempting to arrange her son's Big Gay Muslim Wedding all on her own.

    Mosque4Mosque is a dramedy about a normal Muslim American family attempting to live in America immediately prior to and immediately after Trump's inauguration.
  • The Secretaries
    Hannah recounts her life as one of Hitler's secretaries taken with him into the bunker at the end of WWII. Her sons are dead and she's sad. She uses her sadness as an excuse to search for greater importance and find it in her capacity for evil. This absurd comedy looks at complicity and the lies we tell ourselves to act in self-interest and create self-importance.
  • Pretty Shahid
    The Kazem family immigrated to the Chicago from Iraq and are attempting to assimilate and live and then 9/11 happens. This romantic comedy uses classic film tropes to examine identity and which knots we choose to untie to become our ideal American. This is a play about self discovery.
  • Love in the Time of Jonestown: A Radio Play
    A queerer reimagining of the origins of Jonestown and the People's Temple. This play is told in three episodes and follows Rassoul, a Turkish American swept up by the church and Jim Jones' seduction. As we descend into the jungle, things get more absurd until everything stops.
  • *~*ElAgAb FaB*~*
    Elagabalus is a FABULOUS gender fluid, queer, and Syrian Roman Emperor. Watch him struggle to explain his way into heaven. The more he speaks, the deeper the hole he digs. Based on history, Elagab is an absurdist reaction piece to Trump's election and was created at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
  • An Incubator
    An Utah Senator is pregnant and visits a reproductive specialist for an exam and so begins a tumultuous relationship. He is the worlds' first pregnant man and she hates having to help him. This is a play about appropriation and when we're forced to tolerate it. This is a play about privilege and when we tolerate it. It's a Science Fiction fifteen minute play.