Sylvia Khoury

Sylvia Khoury

Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer living in Manhattan. She is currently a member of the 2016-2018 Womens' Project Lab, Youngblood/EST and a 2015-2016 Dramatists' Guild Fellow. Her play, SELLING KABUL, was presented as part of La Jolla Playhouse's DNA Reading Series and EST/Youngblood's Bloodworks Series. Her play AGAINST THE HILLSIDE, was workshopped at the Lark's...
Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer living in Manhattan. She is currently a member of the 2016-2018 Womens' Project Lab, Youngblood/EST and a 2015-2016 Dramatists' Guild Fellow. Her play, SELLING KABUL, was presented as part of La Jolla Playhouse's DNA Reading Series and EST/Youngblood's Bloodworks Series. Her play AGAINST THE HILLSIDE, was workshopped at the Lark's Playwrights' Week, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, the Roundabout Theater's Underground Reading Series, and NNPN's National Showcase of New Plays. She wrote her most recent play, THE PLACE WOMEN GO, while in residency at the O'Neill. Sylvia completed her MFA in Playwriting in May 2015 at the New School for Drama. She has a BA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. She is currently a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Plays

  • Selling Kabul
    Taroon once served as an interpreter for the United States military in Afghanistan. Now the Americans – and their promises of safety – are gone, and Taroon spends his days in his sister Afiya’s apartment, hiding from the increasingly powerful Taliban. Desperate to escape with his wife and newborn son, Taroon must navigate a country left in upheaval, in which everyone must fend for themselves and few can be...
    Taroon once served as an interpreter for the United States military in Afghanistan. Now the Americans – and their promises of safety – are gone, and Taroon spends his days in his sister Afiya’s apartment, hiding from the increasingly powerful Taliban. Desperate to escape with his wife and newborn son, Taroon must navigate a country left in upheaval, in which everyone must fend for themselves and few can be trusted.
  • Against the Hillside
    With the all-too-familiar buzz of American drones in the sky above the Pakistani countryside, Sayid and Reem worry that their son will grow up too quickly in the presence of so much death and destruction. From nearly 8,000 miles away in the New Mexico desert, Matt pilots one of these aircraft, getting so drawn into the lives he observes that his own wife wonders if he’s present enough to start a family. In this...
    With the all-too-familiar buzz of American drones in the sky above the Pakistani countryside, Sayid and Reem worry that their son will grow up too quickly in the presence of so much death and destruction. From nearly 8,000 miles away in the New Mexico desert, Matt pilots one of these aircraft, getting so drawn into the lives he observes that his own wife wonders if he’s present enough to start a family. In this newly interconnected world, the aftershocks of each explosion spread far and wide, splintering families, stealing loved ones, and providing more questions than answers. In these wars fought at a distance, who suffers more: the observer or the observed?

Recommended by Sylvia Khoury

  • How to Use a Knife
    14 Dec. 2015
    I've seen a reading of this play twice through NNPN. Both times, it was moving, hysterical, and thoughtful. Go Will!