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Hotter Than Egypt

Dates: January 28-February 20, 2022
Run time: TBD
Location: Allen Theatre

ACT proudly presents Hotter than Egypt, its 50th world premiere by Core Company member and Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi in a co-production with the Marin Theatre Company in California. Hotter than Egypt is a poignant play about personal revelation. Paul and Jean, an American couple, travel to Cairo for their 24th wedding anniversary. Long-dormant troubles within the marriage start to percolate, and their two Egyptian tour guides, newly engaged Maha and Seif, become drawn into the crisis. This dramedy set in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution explores the uneven power dynamics between these Western tourists and the locals. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations. Hotter than Egypt, recently workshopped through the ACT Local program, is a vivid new work from the acclaimed author of Threesome, Ramayana, and People of the Book.


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In Yussef El Guindi’s plays, personal and political are in bed together.
Liam Stack, New York Times

Yussef El Guindi, winner of the Stranger Genius Award in Literature, exquisitely modulates comedy with tragedy… His plays feature geographically disoriented characters trying to navigate new circumstances. [His] ability to write from that gap, that moment of displacement and discomfort — whether geographical, cultural, or sexual — is the heart of his genius.

Brendan Kiley, The Stranger