Born in Egypt, raised in London and now based in Seattle, Yussef El Guindi’s work frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures and politics that face immigrants, Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans in particular. Productions include People of the Book at ACT in Seattle, The Talented Ones at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, and Threesome at Portland Center Stage. Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama recently published The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi.
He is the recipient of many honors, including the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award, L.A. Weekly's Excellence in Playwriting Award, Seattle's Gregory Award and the Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award.
NEW PLAYS BY
YUSSEF EL GUINDI
HOTTER THAN EGYPT
A poignant play about personal revelation. Paul and Jean, an American couple, travel to Cairo for their 24th wedding anniversary. Long-dormant troubles within the marriage start to percolate, and their two Egyptian tour guides, newly engaged Maha and Seif, become drawn into the crisis. This dramedy explores the uneven power dynamics between these Western tourists and the locals. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations.
Sakinah, a Middle-Eastern American woman, undergoes a mental health evaluation to determine what led to the violent crime she committed against Emily, a rich heiress. The play explores race, class, privilege, and how those factors collide and play out in today’s culture.