Yussef El Guindi, winner of the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Literature, is best know for authoring plays where immigrants, particularly Arab-Americans, are at the heart of the story. It’s an experience that El Guindi knows intimately, being born in Cairo, raised in London and then moving to the United States.
Although El Guindi originally aimed for a career onstage, he has found success and has received much critical acclaim as a playwright. In 2012, his play, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, won the $25,000 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, which honors best American scripts premiering outside of New York City. The plot revolves around a doomed romance between an Arab immigrant and a American waitress.
El Guindi’s next play is The Talented Ones. It addresses what attaining the American Dream means for immigrants. The play has been selected for production in 2017 by the Artists Reperetory Theatre in Portland.
El Guindi’s Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat is a dark comedy that looks at identity, media-representation, love and lust in the Arab American community. It is one of four plays in the book, Four Arab American Plays. Four Arab American Plays is the first published collection of plays by contemporary Arab American playwrights.
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