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Dodi & Diana

Full-length drama | 1M, 1W

Genre: marriage and commitment; fame and pop culture; astrology

A husband and wife travel to Paris to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, unearthing an uncanny connection to the star-crossed lovers that will alter the trajectory of their marriage.

Productions

C0LT COUER, NYC  World Premiere (Oct 2022)

Development

COLT COEUR, NYC — Commission & Workshop

SOUTH CAROLINA NEW PLAY FESTIVAL — Workshop

THE MAGIC THEATRE, San Francisco — Workshop

Awards & Recognitions

FINALIST: O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2022

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American Fast

Full-length drama | 1M, 3W

Genre: marriage and commitment; fame and pop culture; astrology

Twenty-one-year-old college basketball sensation Khady Salama makes it to March Madness, only to become a flashpoint of controversy when she lies about observing the Muslim fast while competing in the tournament.

Productions

ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE, Portland, OR  Rolling World Premiere (Jan 2023)

CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN, Bloomington, IN (Mar 2023)

CITY THEATRE, Pittsburgh, PA — Rolling World Premiere (Apr 2023)

INTERACT THEATRE, Philadelphia, PA — Rolling World Premiere (June 2023)

Development

COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT, Denver Center, CO — Workshop

CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE, Albany, NY — Reading

UC SANTA BARBARA LAUNCH PAD SERIES — Workshop

Awards & Recognitions

WINNER: Woodward/Newman Award, 2022

WINNER: Capital Repertory Theatre Next Act! New Play Summit, 2021

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A Distinct Society

Full-length dramedy | 3M, 2W
Genre: inspired by true events; contemporary politics; romance; comic book heroes

A sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world when families separated by the “Muslim ban” begin using the library as a meeting place.

Productions

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY, Salt Lake City, UT  Co-World Premiere (Jan 2023)

THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY, Palo Alto, CA  Co-World Premiere (Apr 2023)

WRITERS THEATRE, Glencoe, IL (June 2023)

Development

CITADEL THEATRE, Edmonton, AB — Reading

THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY, Palo Alto, CA — Workshop

NORTHLIGHT THEATRE, Skokie, IL — Reading

INTERNATIONAL VOICES PROJECT, Chicago, IL — Workshop

OREGON CONTEMPORARY THEATRE, Eugene, OR — Workshop

CAPITAL REPERTORY THEATRE, Albany, NY — Reading

NEW YORK STAGE & FILM, NYC  — Reading

THE LARK, NYC — Reading

Awards & Recognitions

WINNER: Capital Repertory Theatre Next Act! New Play Summit, 2020

FINALIST: Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, 2020

SEMI-FINALIST: O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2020

SEMI-FINALIST: Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2020

SEMI-FINALIST: Premiere Stages New Play Festival, 2020

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The Yacoubian Building

Based on the novel by Alaa Al Aswany 

Full-length drama | 9M, 4W

Genre: international; class struggles; Middle Eastern politics and society

Based on the bestselling novel, this sweeping tale tracks the intersecting lives of Egyptian citizens of different religions, genders, sexual orientations, and class backgrounds who live and work in the titular building – a microcosm of an Egypt infested with corruption, discrimination, despair, and ugliness.

Development

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, NYC — Workshop

LaGUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NYC — Reading

THE DRAMA LEAGUE, NYC — Reading

Awards & Recognitions

SEMI-FINALIST: O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2019

SEMI-FINALIST: Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2019

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The Triumphant

Full-length drama | 4M, 1W

Genre: gay men in the Middle East; international human rights; comic book heroes

Trapped in a prison in an unknown location, a group of gay men conjure the fantastical stories of Sindbad the Sailor as they await their uncertain future. Based on interviews conducted with members of the LGBTQ community in Egypt.

Development & Production

TARGET MARGIN THEATER, NYC — Workshop Production (June 2018)

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Pareidolia

Full-length drama/black comedy | 4M, 2W

Genre: gay online relationships; marriage and commitment; thriller

Mal, a gay Egyptian-American, gets drawn into a virtual game of cat and mouse by an online suitor who may not be what he appears.

Development

FAULT LINE THEATRE, NYC — Reading

THE LARK, NYC — Reading

RISING CIRCLE THEATER COLLECTIVE, NYC — Reading

Awards & Recognitions

FINALIST: Unicorn Theatre In-Progress New Play Reading Series, 2020

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The In-Between

Full-length drama | 3M, 2W

Genre: supernatural; suspense thriller; politics 

When Nabil, an Egyptian revolutionary fleeing Cairo after the 2011 uprising, arrives in New York to stay with his American-born cousin, he is unwittingly carrying a demonic force that will threaten all he touches.

Development & Production
NOOR THEATRE, NYC  — Workshop Production (May 2014)

NOOR THEATRE, NYC — Workshop

TV PILOTS

All Our Pretty Songs

Hour Long Drama

Genre: coming-of-age; revenge thriller; mystery; international

After committing a horrific crime, a wily 18-year-old Egyptian street urchin flees Cairo for Los Angeles to unravel a mystery: is he the long-lost son of a dead American rock icon?

Developed as part of the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program 21-22

Sentinel

Hour Long Drama

Genre: family drama; political thriller; international

Marine-turned-journalist Duncan Hearn, the Cairo Bureau Chief of a major U.S. newspaper, struggles to raise a stable American family in an increasingly unstable Middle East.

Awards & Recognitions

FINALIST: Sundance Episodic Lab, 2021

Leila Buck & Babak Tafti in The In-Between