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Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat

a West Coast premiere play by Yussef El Guindi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian

Struggling writer Gamal hates the way his fellow Arab-Americans represent their culture on American media. It’s easy enough to take out his frustration on literature superstar Mohsen and local mosque leader, Sheikh Alfani. But when his own girlfriend and novelist Noor gets an offer from a major publisher backed with a national media campaign, how will Gamal manage his frustration?

Award-winning Egyptian-American playwright Yussef El Guindi holds the honor of being the most produced writer at Golden Thread. El Guindi has won the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012, and was the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. His previous premieres with the company include Language Rooms, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes, Back of the Throat, Scenic Routes, and many shorts in ReOrient Festivals. Golden Thread performed El Guindi’s Karima’s City at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2004.

Oct 28-Nov 20, 2016
at the Thick House (1695 18th Street, San Francisco)
Thursdays–Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm
Previews: Oct 28-30; Opening: Mon, Oct 31; No performance: Thu, Nov 3

Buy Tickets
Previews $15 | General Admission $34 | Student/Senior $24 (No additional fees)

Strong language and sexual situations.


TBA Awards Recommended
“Smart, daring and well constructed… For a play about ideas, the kind of urgent ideas that don’t make it to American stages often enough, its debaters are just as complex and fleshed out as the ideas themselves.” —San Francisco Chronicle (read full review)

Powerful, unforgettable theatre… There’s sex, deep rumination, harsh conflict, galvanizing anger, violence, manipulation, lying, fierce intelligence, incisive criticism and genuine affection. Director Torange Yeghiazarian and her tremendous actors throw the conversation wide open and invite the audience to be active participants in the drama.” —Theater Dogs (read full review)

FIVE STARS! El Guindi ‘s command of dramatic construction is superb. He layers event upon event until the jigsaw puzzle is dramatically complete with more than a soupcon of satirical humor and a dollop of sex.” —Theatre World (read full review)

A gripping dramaOur Enemies exposes the futility of using group affiliation to decide that basic question: Who speaks for me? Who is a “genuine” Arab? A “genuine” Muslim? Or, for that matter, a “genuine” American? Answers don’t come easily.” —Pacific Sun (read full review)

“It was refreshing to have a show give voice to so many nuanced and authentic perspectives, while still being entertaining. ” —Mission Mission (read full review)

Our Enemies is providing Golden Thread Productions with a forceful start to its 20th season of theater dedicated to the Middle Eastern American experience.” —Bay Area Reporter (read full review)

A powerful piece of political theatre brought to life by a superb ensemble through Yeghiazarian’s deft stage direction.” —Huffington Post (read full review)

“This engaging production is the perfect opening to Golden Thread’s celebration of 20 years of true commitment to theatre and community.” —The Berkeley Daily Planet (read full review)

BEST OF 2016: Director Torange Yeghiazarian brought out the humor, irony, and tragedy… in Yussef El Guindi’s intriguing play.” —Bay Area Reporter (read full review)

BEST OF 2016: The other company in residence at Thick House that dazzled is Golden Thread Productions, whose Our Enemies by Yussef El Guindi delivered action and depth in its exploration of what it means, among other things, to be Muslim in this country.” —Bay Area Reporter (read full review)

Production Photos

Dive into the world of Our Enemies

Our Enemies Characters

Meet Your “Enemies”
The characters of Our Enemies in their own words

Interview with Yussef El Guindi

New World vs. Old World
Dr. Michael Najjar interviews award-winning Egyptian-American playwright Yussef El Guindi.

The Demands of the Market

The Demands of the Market
Torange Yeghiazarian writes about the challenges of the publishing industry for writers of color.

Press About Our Enemies

Torange Yeghiazarian

Our Enemies Asks: Who Speaks For Middle Easteners?
Director Torange Yeghiazarian is interviewed by SF Examiner‘s Jean Schiffman.

Yussef El Guindi

Yussef El Guindi on Arabology
Award-winning playwright and producer Evren Odcikin speak to Dr. Ramzi Salti about the play.

Broadway World

Golden Thread Celebrate their 20th Anniversary with Comedy Play, Our Enemies
Broadway World features the play.

Plan Your Visit

Thick House is located in Potrero Hill, at 1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Street parking is available nearby. Thick House is also accessible by public transportation. The theatre is just a short bus ride from the 16th Street BART Station and accessible on the following Muni Bus Lines: 10, 19 & 22.

Thick House is wheelchair accessible.

Planning an evening on the town? Check out these local eateries within walking distance of Thick House!

Artist Bios

Yussef El Guindi
(Playwright) About
Torange Yeghiazarian
(Director) About


Dale Albright
(Earl, Russell, Father Carol) About
Munaf Alsafi
(Sheikh Alfani) About

James Asher*
(Gamal) About
Denmo Ibrahim*
(Noor) About

Kunal Prasad
(Mohsen) About
Annemaria Rajala*
(Olivia) About
Salim Razawi
(Hani) About

Creative Team:
Kenan Arun (make-up consultant), Cassie Barnes (lighting designer), Michael Truman Cavanaugh (stage manager), Naseem Etemad (assistant stage manager), Beckett Finn (technical director), Courtney Flores (costume designer), Devon LaBelle (props designer), Kevin August Landesman (projection designer), Carla Pantoja (fight choreographer), George Psarras (sound designer), Benjamin Shiu (production assistant), Mikiko Uesugi* (set designer)

*Member Actors’ Equity or United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

Contact Us

Golden Thread Productions
1695 18th Street, #C101 Annex
San Francisco, CA 94107

Box Office: boxoffice@goldenthread.org
Office: information@goldenthread.org
Phone: 415.626.4061