Back of the Throat / by R. Sheth


April 4–May 28, 2006

The Midwest Premiere
Written by Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Stuart Carden

Two government officials pay Khalid, an Arab-American man, a seemingly innocuous visit. What begins as a "friendly" inquiry soon devolves into a chilling, full-blown investigation of Khalid's presumed ties to terrorists.

At times surreal and comic, Back of the Throat examines the way in which facts, evidence and (mis)perceptions are used to distort the truth and how notions of cultural "otherness" impact the relationship between the accusers and the accused.


Khalid | Kareem Bandealy
Carl | Tom Hickey
Shelly, Beth, Jean | Elaine Robinson
Asfoor | Madrid St. Angelo
Bartlett | Sean Sinitski
Understudy for Carl, Bartlett | Rob Biesenbach
Understudy for Khalid, Asfoor | Adam Bute
Understudy for Shelly, Beth, Jean | Stesha Merle

Production Team

Producer | Malik Gillani
Producer | Jamil Khoury
Playwright | Yussef El Guindi
Director | Stuart Carden
Production Manager | Jefferson Burns
Stage Manager | Alexandra Herryman
Scenic Designer | Lee Keenan
Costume Designer | Janice Pytel §
Lighting Designer | Kurt Ottinger
Sound Designer and Original Music | Robert Steel
Props Designer | Daniel Pellant
Fight Choreographer and Assistant Director | David Chrzanowski
Dramaturg | Jarrett Dapier
Technical Director | Left Wing Scenic
Assistant Stage Manager | Jay Sangster
Box Office Manager | Carolyn Ziaja
House Manager | Dianna Driscoll

§ Member of United Scenic Artists, the union of professional designers, artists, and craftspeople.