A World Premiere Co-production with Portland Center Stage  

Leila and Rashid, Egyptian Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, possession and independence.

Award-winning local playwright Yussef El Guindi (Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World ; Ramayana ) returns to ACT with a play that weaves issues ripped from world headlines into an intimate and personal story. Funny, wrenching, and surprising, Threesome will make you look twice, or more, at what's under the covers.

Age Recommendation: 16+ for language that includes "F, B, and S" words, plus mature content, nudity, and sexual themes.
ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care. 

 

Support provided by   Seattle Office of Arts and Culture lofo
Illustration by Barry Blankenship

Cast

Alia Attallah* as Leila
A Minnesota native, Alia received her B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Actor Training Program. In the years that followed she acted in various professional projects, such as King Lear and Ibsen’s Ghosts . In 2014, Alia received her M.F.A. in Acting from New York University. In 2010, Alia traveled to India to be part of a cultural immersion project focused on training American actors in the ancient discipline of Kathakali theatre. Under the tutelage of Ruben Polendo (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Guru Kal, she learned the 2,000-year-old practice of performing theatrical ballads from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Vedic texts. Alia also worked with Eve Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues ) on a performance festival in 2006. Alia is thrilled to be making her ACT debut, and to be in a city that takes drinking coffee so seriously! 

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Quinn Franzen* as Doug
Quinn is very happy to be bringing this fabulous new play home to Seattle. A member of the Satori Group, Quinn codeveloped and performed in Returning to Albert Joseph , reWilding , and Fabulous Prizes . Other Seattle credits include: Louis in Angels in America , Romeo in Romeo and Juliet , Frank in Dirty Story (Intiman Theatre Festival), Stapleton in Hound of the Baskervilles (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Cassio in Othello , Algernon in Importance of Being Earnest (Seattle Shakespeare Company), and the title role in Crash (Seattle Children's Theatre). He has done a number of smaller commercial and television projects, including a spot on NBC's Grimm . He has trained with Pig Iron, The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, Shakes and Co., and LAMDA. Quinn holds a B.A. in theatre from Williams College.

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Karan Oberoi* as Rashid
Karan starred in the dramatic play Masked (Neptune Theatre), along with The Importance of Being Earnest (Brant Theatre), The Laramie Project (Theatre Passe Muraille), Dracula (Casa Loma), and Lovers and Other Strangers (Alumnae Theatre). Select TV: NCIS , Borealis , Combat Hospital , Covert Affairs , The Listener , The Border , and the upcoming Containment . Select Film: Displacement  and The Last Supper .  
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Creative Team

 Chris Coleman     Director 
 Alison Heryer     Costume Designer
 Peter Maradudin     Lighting Designer 
 Casi Pacilio     Sound Designer
 Brendan Patrick Hogan     Associate Sound Designer
 JR Welden*    Stage Manager
 Ruth Eitemiller     Production Assistant

*Members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Yussef_el_Guindi Yussef El Guindi (Playwright ) Yussef’s most recent productions include Ramayana (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World ( winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; The Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” for Best World Premiere Play, 2011) also at ACT, and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013; and Language Rooms (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as ACT’s New Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere): and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat was produced by Silk Road Theater Project and won the M. Elizabeth Osborn award. His plays, Back of the Throat (winner of L.A. Weekly’s Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006) , as well as Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, Jihad Jones and The Kalashnikov Babes, Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda’s and Karima’s City , have been published by Dramatists Play Service. The latter one-acts have also been included in The Best American Short Plays : 2004-2005, published by Applause Books. Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (winner of Chicago’s “After Dark/John W. Schmid Award” for Best New Play in 2006) is included in Salaam/Peace: An Anthology of Middle-Eastern American Playwrights , published by TCG, 2009. Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat is included in the anthology Four Arab American Plays published by McFarland Books. Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World was included in the September 2012 issue of American Theatre Magazine. And Language Rooms was published in Rain City Projects’ anthology, Manifesto Series Volume 3. Yussef is the recipient of the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. He holds an M.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and was playwright-in-residence at Duke University.

Post-Play Panel Discussions

Jun 21, 28
Stay after the play for an expanded Post-Play Discussion on stage in The Falls Theatre, moderated by Anita Montgomery and featuring three special guests along with the actors. These panels will contextualize and deepen the discussion of relevant themes from Threesome , including the Arab Spring, global views on women’s rights, and more.  


About the Panelists:

Jacinthe A. Assaad  is an Egyptian feminist, scholar and writer. She is currently finishing her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, entitled  Feminine Plural: Representations of Vulnerabilities and Vulnerabilities of Representations , explores narratives of women in contemporary Egyptian cinema. She is interested in transnational feminist issues, including gender-based violence. Jacinthe has spoken at multiple events about women and the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Jacinthe_A_Assaad

Yussef El Guindi (Playwright ) Yussef’s most recent productions include Ramayana (co-adaptor with Stephanie Timm) at ACT; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award 2011; The Seattle Times’ “Footlight Award” for Best World Premiere Play, 2011) also at ACT and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013; and Language Rooms (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, as well as ACT’s New Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere): and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. For full biography, please click here . Yussef_el_Guindi

Yasi Naraghi   spends most of her days on the University of Washington campus working toward her PhD. In broad academic terms, she studies aesthetic philosophy and hopes to discredit the singular figure of genius. She came to photography at an early age to ease the transition of making a foreign land home. She mainly shoots on analog and is interested in distances, voids, absences, and the perversity of intervals. She is currently working on a photo series that combines her academic interest in human plurality with visual representations of universal trauma and sites of genocide.  Website:  http://cocoyas.com/

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Amal Sedky Winter is a bi-cultural (Egyptian-American) psychologist, educator and political activist. She recently taught at the American University in Cairo and has worked for the U.S. Department of State training women to run for political office throughout the Middle East. Currently she is writing a political thriller set in Egypt.  AmalSedkyWinter



It's on its way to New York after this production at ACT Theatre, and  you will be able to say you saw it first when New York City starts freaking out   about it.”
 — The Stranger  

“a deeply satisfying, thoroughly engaging and unexpectedly moving evening of theatre.”
 — Seattle Actor

 “This ‘Threesome’ provokes in unexpected ways”
Seattle Times  

“El Guindi infuses compelling narrative and honest-to-God laugh-out-loud comedy with issues of gender, sexuality, international politics, interpersonal relationships and more.”
City Arts  

 

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