West Coast Premiere Co-produced with the Asian American Theatre Company

Language Rooms

by Yussef El Guindi

Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award

Language Rooms

Ahmed is a shining example of the American Dream, working as a translator in a Homeland Security detainment facility. His friend Nasser, the only other Muslim on the compound, soon brings him some bad news—that his loyalties are being called into question. As office politics take a turn for the absurd all around him, Ahmed realizes that much more than just his job hangs in the balance.

November 10, 2011 - December 4, 2011

Thick House

1695 18th St. San Francisco

Written by Yussef El Guindi

Directed by Evren Odcikin

Featuring Mujahid Abdul-Rashid*, James Asher, Willian Dao, Terry Lamb*

Design Team: Miyuki Bierlein (costumes), Valerie M. Niles (props), Dar Andrew Packard (lighting), Mikiko Uesugi (scenic)

Yussef El Guindi (Back of the Throat and Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes) returns to Golden Thread with this unexpected juxtaposition of a comical political thriller and an American immigrant family story. El Guindi, who has long been a Golden Thread favorite, has recently received national accolades, including the 2011 Middle East America Award and the 2012 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.

Language Rooms was originally developed at ACT Theatre, Seattle, WA and Playwrights Foundation In the Rough series, San Francisco, CA. Further developed by New York Stage and Film Company and the Powerhouse Theater in a reading at Vassar on June 29, 2009. The world premiere of Language Rooms was produced by The Wilma Theater. Golden Thread will remount this production at the Los Angeles Theater Center in 2012.

In the Press

Read the San Francisco Chronicle Interview of Yussef about the play

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Yussef writes about his inspiration and process for Language Rooms in LA Stage Times

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Cast & Crew

James Asher


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Mujahid Abdul-Rashid*


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William Dao


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Terry Lamb*


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Production Team: Karen Runk*, Aaron Niles, Lannie Gower, Wan-Yin Tang

Yussef El Guindi


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Evren Odcikin


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Opening Night - San Francisco - Photo Gallery

Production Gallery - Los Angeles Theater Center

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