Yussef El Guindi

Yussef El Guindi

Yussef El Guindi’s most recent productions include "Threesome" at Portland Center 
Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script); "The Ramayana" (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT; and "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World" (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; Seattle...
Yussef El Guindi’s most recent productions include "Threesome" at Portland Center 
Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script); "The Ramayana" (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT; and "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World" (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” for Best World Premiere Play, 2011) also at ACT, and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013; and "Language Rooms" (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as ACT’s New Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Other productions: "Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes", produced at Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, at InterAct Theater in Philadelphia, and at Kitchen Dog theater in Dallas, as part of the National New Play Network. It has also been performed at Theater Schmeater in Seattle, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in Massachusetts, and at Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage. His play "Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat" was produced by Silk Road Theater Project and won the M. Elizabeth Osborn award. His plays, "Back of the Throat" (winner of L.A. Weekly’s Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006), as well as "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World", "Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes", "Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda’s and Karima’s City", have been published by Dramatists Play Service. The latter one-acts have also been included in "The Best American Short Plays: 2004-2005", published by Applause Books. "Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith" (winner of Chicago’s “After Dark/John W. Schmid Award” for Best New Play in 2006) is included in "Salaam/ Peace: An Anthology of Middle-Eastern American Playwrights", published by TCG, 2009. "Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat" is included in the anthology "Four Arab American Plays" published by McFarland Books. "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World" was included in the September, 2012 issue of American Theatre Magazine. And "Language Rooms" was published in Rain City Projects’ anthology "Manifesto Series Volume 3". Yussef is the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, and Seattle’s 2015 Stranger’s Genius Award. He holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright-in-residence at Duke University. His new play, "The Talented Ones" will receive its world premiere at the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon, in its 2016/17 season.

Plays

  • Collaborator
    A one-woman show about intimacy and consent. Cass, a perturbed actor in a search for truth, welcomes the audience into her bed and her psyche as she rationalizes her thirst for attention with her personal boundaries. Through intimate, intertwining stories about her experiences with men, the audience gets to know Cass and feel, as she does, the presence of the unnamed collaborator who made all this possible.
  • The Talented Ones
    The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage, while Omar’s buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by extremely bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify...
    The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage, while Omar’s buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by extremely bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify their desires. Mixing realism with memory and dance, The Talented Ones explores the extra pressure to succeed that immigrant children experience as they try to balance aspiration and reality. Cindy and Omar (and their counterparts) may be cast with actors of any ethnicity except white/European.
  • Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World.
    Anyone who has ever looked for love know the dilemma. Do you make a safe, sensible match? Or take a risk on an exciting someone who might—just might—be the One Great Romance of your life? Musa, an Egyptian immigrant, and Sheri, a very quirky Caucasian waitress, must negotiate the twists and turns of not only love but cultural expectations in this charming romantic comedy with a delightful twist.
  • Back of The Throat
    BACK OF THE THROAT is the tale of an apparently friendly visit by two government officials, which soon devolves into a full-blown, no-holds-barred probe. Khaled, an Arab-American writer and the focus of their inquiry, finds himself, to his astonishment, suddenly accused of possible ties to terrorists. As the interrogation proceeds, the officials reveal their evidence, but is it evidence? Or have innocent events...
    BACK OF THE THROAT is the tale of an apparently friendly visit by two government officials, which soon devolves into a full-blown, no-holds-barred probe. Khaled, an Arab-American writer and the focus of their inquiry, finds himself, to his astonishment, suddenly accused of possible ties to terrorists. As the interrogation proceeds, the officials reveal their evidence, but is it evidence? Or have innocent events been distorted through the lens of paranoid suspicion? As the situation turns increasingly surreal, and the menace to Khaled increasingly real, the question of what it means to be an American takes on a very personal and charged significance. A chilling black comedy, BACK OF THE THROAT confronts bureaucratic euphemisms like "person of interest" and "extraordinary rendition" with the frightening reality they seek to obscure.