Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi

back of the throat imageCPR is proud to present this timely, thought-provoking play. Back of the Throat is a dark comedy about our rapidly eroding civil liberties. It begins with an innocuous Homeland Security investigation and quickly moves into a subversive discovery of fear, race, and the engine of suspicion.

Following a heinous terrorist attack, a Muslim-American writer, Khaled, is visited by two government officials. What begins as a friendly inquiry soon devolves into a chilling, full-blown investigation of his 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 racial profiling impacts the relationship between the accusers and the accused.

The play’s title refers to the way that Khaled pronounces his name – at the back of his throat.


  • The New Yorker: “Back of the Throat could be the post-9/11 play we’ve been waiting for: the sum of all our domestic fears, played for uneasy laughs and piercing dread.”
  • Seattle Weekly: “Wickedly funny…surely to be remembered as a valuable contribution to the post-9/11 canon of plays.”
  • American Theatre Magazine. “…chillingly plausible vision…captures the Strangelovian logic of feds as well as the more subtle paranoia that afflicts us all.”
  • NY Newsday. “Back of the Throat plays like a section of the U.S. Patriot Act as dramatized by David Mamet and Franz Kafka.”

Cast & Crew

Director: Kymberly Herbst

Khaled: Micah Bevis
Bartlett: Ruth Mandsager
Carl: Aaron Swor
Shelly/Beth/Jean: Jennifer Dolphin
Asfoor: Gerry Birnbach

Stage Manager: Hannah Irish
Set decoration/design: Kathleen Buck
Sound design: Benjamin Vawter
Design Consultant: Alex Agnes

Performance Dates & Times

Friday, April 25th, 2014, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 26th, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 27th, 2014, 2:00pm matineé

Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 4th, 2014, 2:00pm matineé

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.

Eventbrite - Back of the Throat