Yussef El Guindi

Plays by Yussef El Guindi

Back of the Throat  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Described by the author as "a paranoid thought game", born of the insecurity he felt as an Arab/Muslim American in the months following the 9/11 attacks. It follows a young Arab-American (Khaled) as he is questioned and confined by two government agents. As the questioning and suspicious intensifies, it becomes apparent that his girlfriend was responsible for initially reporting him in light of the attacks on the USA.  

Language Rooms  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

A dystopian reflection of the vast network of black site/secret prisons established by the Central Intelligence Agency after 9/11 with the aim of confidentially detaining those deemed terrorists and subjecting them to indefinite detention and so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques".  

Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Examines the intra-Muslim conflicts that face writers, imams, and second-generation Arab Americans. The successful Arab writer Mohsen is pitted against the struggling writer Gamal and his novelist girlfriend Noor. Each has contended with the idea of 'selling out' and are frustrated at the way their fellow writers represent their culture in the American media.

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

A charming romantic comedy with a twist, this play follows Musa, an Egyptian immigrant and Sheri, a Caucasian waitress. The pair navigate their feelings about each other and love alongside the expected cultural norms that often prove difficult to navigate. Through these unique and distinct central characters the play asks the questions should you make a safe match or risk everything for what could potentially be the greatest love of your life?  

Threesome  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

A scintillating mise-en-scene that slyly camouflages the fact that the play is actually about the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Western neo-imperialism and a scathing critique of Orientalism in the American publishing establishment. With a trio of characters who are externally only interested in their sexual appetites, the play gradually transforms from a hilarious bedroom farce to a drama about sexual trauma inflicted by dictatorships, American adventurism in the Middle East and the shameless nature of a publishing industry that prizes salacious content over truth.  

Yussef El Guindi is a prolific Arab American playwright of Egyptian descent whose works have been produced across the USA since Back of the Throat first premiered in 2004. He writes full-length, one-act, and adapted plays that focus on the Arab/Muslim experience in the United States. El Guindi has been the recipient of many prestigious playwriting awards including the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association's New Play Award, Gregory Award, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, ACT New Play Award, Seattle Times' "Footlight Award", the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, L.A. Weekly's Excellence in Playwriting Award, Chicago's After Dark/John W. Schmid Award for Best New Play, and the Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award.