Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat / by R. Sheth


February 21–March 30, 2008

The World Premiere
Written by Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Patrizia Acerra

A darkly humorous and sensual look at identity, media-representation, love, and lust in the Arab American community.

Fueled by frustration over the scarcity of Arab voices in the US media, a struggling writer, Gamal, engages in a prank campaign to shake up the system. But those in power have a way of turning the tables.

When Gamal's lover, Noor, is convinced by a prominent publisher to alter her novel to satisfy Western hunger for "Orientalist" fare, Gamal lashes out at his own community. The results are staggering.


Gamal | Kareem Bandealy*
Mohsen | Andrew Navarro*
Earl, Father Carol, Russel | Don Bender
Hani | James Elly 
Olivia | Susie Griffith
Sheikh Alfani | Vincent P. Mahler
Noor | Monica Orozco
Understudy for Noor, Olivia | Saren Nofs-Snyder
Understudy for Earl, Father Carol, Russel, Sheikh Alfani | J.R. Rodriguez
Understudy for Gamal, Hani | Omen O.Z. Sade
Understudy for Mohsen | Tarig Vasudeva

Production Team

Producer | Malik Gillani
Producer | Jamil Khoury
Playwright | Yussef El Guindi
Director | Patrizia Lombardi Acerra †
Production Manager | Alexandra Herryman
Stage Manager | Adrienne Guldin
Scenic Designer | Lee Keenan
Costume Designer | Christine Pascual
Lighting Designer | Mac Vaughey
Projection Designer | Mike Tutaj
Sound Designer and Original Music | Robert Steel
Props Designer | Daniel A. Katz
Violence Choreographer | Kirsten Brookman
Production Dramaturg | Jennifer Shook
Casting Coordinator and Assistant Production Manager | Isaac Sernoffsky
Technical Director | David “Big” Krause
Assistant Director | Sandeep Shekhar Das
Assistant Stage Manager | Rachel Robinson
Carpenter | Jason Pikscher
Master Electrician | Carolyn Ziaja
Publicity Consultant | Cathy Taylor Public Relations
Management Intern | Kefah Crowley
Box Office Manager | Todd Lauterbach
Video Projections Services | The Stage Channel

* Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

† Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, which exists to foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers.