A National New Play Network Premiere

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

by Yussef El Guindi

A National New Play Rolling World Premiere

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

A theatre actor of Middle Eastern descent considers the leap to film stardom when his agent secures a role for him in a film by Hollywood’s most respected director. Should he pass up the chance of a lifetime because the part is that of a machine gun-strapping terrorist?

June 5, 2008 - June 29, 2008

Thick House

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Written by Yussef El Guindi

Directed by Mark Routhier

Featuring Jessica Kitchens, Kamal Maryati, David Sinaiko, Cat Thompson*, Mark Rafael Truitt*

Co-presented by the Arab Cultural Center, the Arab Film Festival and La Pena Cultural Center.

This is the first production in a Rolling National Premiere as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Project, next productions to follow by InterAct Theatre Company in Dallas and Kitchen Dog Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Read & Listen

Rob Hurwitt reviews Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes in the San Francisco Chronicle!

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An exclusive interview with playwright Yussef El Guindi on KPFA’s Cover to Cover

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An interview with director Mark Routhier and actors David Sinaiko and Kamal Marayati on KPFA’s Morning Show (includes radio performance!)

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Cast & Crew

Yussef El Guindi


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Jessica Kitchens

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Kamal Marayati

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Mark Rafael Truitt

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Mark Routhier


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David Sinaiko

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Cat Thompson*

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Production Photo Gallery

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

California Arts Council, National New Play Network, San Francisco Arts Commission, Z Space/Magic New Work Initiative, The Zellerbach Family Foundation

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