Yussef El Guindi | THE TALENTED ONES

The Talented Ones by Yussef El Guindi was the inaugural commission of Table|Room|Stage. The play had a workshop reading in June, 2016 and will be presented by Artists Repertory Theatre April 25 through May 21, 2017 as part of the 2016/17 season.

The Talented Ones looks at the thwarted dreams of immigrants eager to make it in their adopted country. As converts to the American Dream, how much more challenging and lethal do the notions of success and failure become? Omar is falling down in his attempts to make a success of his life. His wife Cindy, a fellow immigrant, appears to be doing much better, and is becoming increasingly frustrated by Omar’s struggles. His American best friend, Patrick, may be Cindy’s way out. Mixing realism with memory and dance, The Talented Ones dissects with increasing ferocity this couple’s marriage and aspirations.

WATCH video interview with Yussef El Guindi HERE.

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Yussef El Guindi’s productions include Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat at Golden Thread Productions; An Evening with Activists at Cutting Ball Theater; Collaborator at Macha Monkey Productions; 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;
Pilgrims Musaand 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); 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 past productions: Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, produced at Golden Thread Productions, at InterAct Theater, and at Kitchen Dog theater, as part of the National New Play Network. His play Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat, also produced by Silk Road Theater Project, 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.” Threesome was publishedby Broadway Play Publishing Inc.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.