Thick Description and Golden Thread Productions Presents World Premiere of

Back of The Throat              by Yussef El Guindi


Khaled, an Arab-American writer, is eager to cooperate with the two Homeland Security agents who visit him in the aftermath of September 11. What begins as a routine check quickly evolves into an uncomfortable interrogation as the two agents begin to assert their power.  At the center of their suspicion is Khaled�s involvement with the mysterious Asfoor, presumably one of the terrorists who is now dead.  One by one, a library clerk, a stripper, and Khaled�s ex-girlfriend testify to Khaled�s acquaintance with Asfoor and possible involvement in terrorist activities.

Artist Biographies
Yussef El Guindi (Playwright) Yussef Yussef El Guindi is a playwright living in Seattle. He was playwright-in-residence at Duke University for several years. His most recent productions include Finishing School, So Unlike Me,  Trading In My Arab (in Seattle), Karima�s City (in San Francisco; and as part of 2004�s Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival),  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�). His play Ten Acrobats in An Amazing Leap of Faith  is scheduled for productions this year in Chicago and Seattle.  Back of The Throat is also being presented  in Seattle by �Theater Schmeater�.

James Asher (Khaled)                        Back of The Throat features Arab-American actor James Asher, whose recent credits include the Tectonic Theater Project�s productions of Gross Indecency and The Laramie Project (the latter performed in New York and at Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Co-Producer (Thick Description)   Thick Description�s name is an anthropological term, referring to the fact that when anyone describes an event, theyinterpret it as well. Theater is our thick description of the world around us. We produce and present fresh, new performances that draw upon the rich diversity of Bay Area theatrical talent.

Founded in New York City in 1988, Thick Description is one of the smallest fully professional theaters in the country, receiving three Glickman Awards since 1994 for the best new play to premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company�s home, the Thick House, is located at the center of a dynamically changing neighborhood encompassing Potrero Hill, Bayview/Hunter�s Point,Mission Bay and the Central Waterfront, and is the only professional non-profit performing arts space serving this neighborhood. More than 40,000 people have passed through our doors since we opened the Thick House at the end of 1999. 

All Tickets $15-25, Sliding Scale

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PREVIEWS: Saturday, April 16, 8pm / Sunday,  April 17, 5pm 

We Pay You $1 / LE 5.00 For Previews

Opens Monday, April 18, 8pm

Runs April 21 - May 15, 2005, Thurs.-Sat., at 8:00 pm / Sunday, 5pm 


All Tickets $15-25, Sliding Scale

Performed At

The Thick House 1695 18th Street (Near California), San Francisco


James Asher* - Chloe Bronzan - James Reese* - Brian Rivera - Paul Santiago*

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

Written by Yussef El Guindi 
Directed by Tony Kelly
Scene Design: James Faerron
Stage Management: Anna Mico-Quinn
Costumes: Isabella Ortega
Lighting Design: Rick Martin
Production: Torange Yeghiazarian, Tony Kelly