Back of the Throat

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Dramatists Play Service, 2006 - Drama - 53 pages
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THE STORY: Sparkling with intelligence and humor, 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 focu

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About the author (2006)

Yussef El Guindi is a playwright living in Seattle. His play BACK OF THE THROAT was the winner of the the 2004 Northwest Playwright’s Competition. It was also nominated for the 2006 American Theater Critics Association’s Steinberg/New Play Award, and was voted Best New Play of 2005 by the "Seattle Times." It was first staged by San Francisco’s Thick Description and Golden Thread Productions; then later presented by Theater Schmeater in Seattle; Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, North Carolina; the Cyrano Theater Company in Anchorage, Alaska; the Flea Theater in New York; the Furious Theatre Company in Pasadena; and Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago. Silk Road Theatre Project produced another play of his in 2005, TEN ACROBATS IN AN AMAZING LEAP OF FAITH. His two related one-acts, ACTS OF DESIRE, were staged by the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Other productions: KARIMA’S CITY (in San Francisco and as part of 2004’s Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival, both presented by Golden Thread Productions), MURDER IN THE MIRROR (a radio play presented by Stage Shadows at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York), and MEN ON MARS (another radio play, aired in 2004 by Shoestring Radio Theater in San Francisco). His adaptation of Chekhov’s A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL into an Arab-American setting was staged by the Arab Theatrical Arts Guild in Dearborn, Michigan, and was nominated for several PAGE awards, including Outstanding Achievement in Original Play or Adaptation. His short film "Love Stalks" won an award for best short narrative film at the Seattle Underground Film Festival and was aired on KTEH. His short stories "Habibi," "Ohio," and "Stage Directions for an Extended Conversation" have been published in "Seattle Review," "Mizna," and an anthology of Arab-American fiction, respectively. Yussef holds an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright-in-residence at Duke University.

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