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Yussef El Guindi

YUSSEF EL GUINDI

  

Nationality:    USA
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Born in egypt, raised in London and now based in Seattle, el Guindi received a B.A. from American University in Cairo and a 1985 MFA in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University. He frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures and politics that face arab-Americans. He has had at least 16 plays produced since 2001 in regional Theaters from Durham to anchorage. at the same time, he has worked as resident playwright at Silk Road Theatre Project; literary manager for Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco; playwright in residence, Dramaturg and lecturer at Duke University; and Dramaturg for eureka Theatre and reader for the Magic Theatre, both in San Francisco.

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below is a list of Yussef El Guindi's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Acts Of Desire         Back Of the Throat         Hostages         Jihad Jones And the Kalashnikov Babes         Karima's City         Language Rooms         Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat         Pilgrims MUSA And Sheri In the New World         Ramayana, The         Such A Beautiful Voice Is Sayeda's         Ten Acrobats In An Amazing Leap Of Faith         Three Wolves and a Lamb



Acts Of Desire

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1st Produced:
Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles, CA    28 Oct 2005

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Back Of the Throat

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Following a heinous terrorist attack, an arab American writer is visited by two government officials. What begins as a friendly inquiry soon devolves into a full-blown investigation of his presumed ties to terrorists. at times surreal and comic, the play examines the way in which facts, evidence, and (mis)perceptions are used to distort the truth and how racial profiling impacts the relationship between the accusers and the accused.

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the Flea

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Dramatist Play Service, NY, 2007   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Hostages

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Two British professors have left their homeland for a war-zone. they are there on a mission of peace, but peace is hard to find when you are chained to a radiator. Hostages explores the intricacies of human nature when it is deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of everyday life.
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Miscreant Theatre Company

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Play/Drama

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Jihad Jones And the Kalashnikov Babes

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Adrienne Theater, Philadelphia, PA    -

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InterAct Theater Company

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Genre:
Comedy

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Karima's City

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Karima's beloved city is changing around her. the seeds-and-nuts vendor, the fruit seller and the butcher who used to greet her each morning no longer do. everywhere concrete monstrosities are rising, and the trees are vanishing. these changes are making Karima physically ill, and she can no longer keep silent. But whenever she speaks her mind, all manner of suffering befalls her. In a society that judges iconoclasts shameful, dangerous and a menace, it slowly becomes apparent that Karima's devastating fate has already been written. Touching on issues of enormous significance in the Islamic world, this finely wrought play bubbles with unexpected charm and humor as it leads to its inexorable conclusion

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adapted from short stories by Salwa Bakr

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Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Play One act

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 to 7 actors can play the 25 roles

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Language Rooms

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1st Produced:
Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA    03 Mar 2010

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Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat

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Silk Road Rising, Chicago    01 Mar 2008

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Pilgrims MUSA And Sheri In the New World

Synopsis:
about a man who comes to America from egypt and falls in love with a life-buffeted American waitress

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won the $25,000 Steinberg/aTCa Award for the best new play from American regional theater in 2011.

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Play/Drama

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Ramayana, The

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Written by Yussef El Guindi and Stephanie Timm. Based on the Hindi epic "The Ramayana"

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ACT, Seattle, WA    12 Oct 2012

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Such A Beautiful Voice Is Sayeda's

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In its first few pages SUCH a BeaUTIFUL VOICe IS SaYeDa's transports you to another world. Here, Islam hangs in the very air you breathe; spirits, or Jinns, may lurk near; flattering dresses and lipstick are evidence of infidelity; and a woman singing can bring dishonor and ruin to herself and her family. Lyrical and delicate, and suffused with moments of haunting theatricality, this exploration of the oppression of the human spirit is a perfect jewel of the one-act art.

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adapted from short stories by Salwa Bakr

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Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play One act

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Male:  3            Female:  6            Other:  doubling possible

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Ten Acrobats In An Amazing Leap Of Faith

Ten Acrobats In An Amazing Leap Of Faith
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1st Produced:
Silk Road Rising, Chicago    13 Oct 2003

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Contained in: "Salaam Peace: An Anthology Of Middle eastern American Drama" published by Theatre Communications Group 2009   978-1559363327

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Three Wolves and a Lamb

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1st Produced:
Thick House, San Francisco    23 Jul 2010

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Playwrights Foundation

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