Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World
Written by Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Michael Malek Najjar
February 14 - February 24
Thurs - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm
Minority Voices Theatre at The Very Little Theatre presents the Oregon premiere of Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by acclaimed playwright Yussef El Guindi, directed by University of Oregon Theatre Arts Professor Michael Malek Najjar.
Set in a large American city, Musa is an Egyptian cab driver, and Sheri is an all-American waitress who fall madly in love with each other. Just don’t let Musa’s fiancée Gamila know. Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World is a romantic comedy that proves, no matter where we’re from, we’re all on this human pilgrimage together. Directed by Michael Malek Najjar, this charming and revealing play takes a typical love triangle and infuses it with the tensions of the east/west cultural divide. Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi will be in attendance for the February 22nd & 23rd performances.
"This romantic comedy addresses the complicated situation many immigrants face having to negotiate their cultural traditions with their new lives in America," says director Michael Malek Najjar. "How can you stay true to your religious and social traditions while living out the American dream?" Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World is the first fully staged production by Eugene’s Minority Voices Theatre and presents a unique opportunity for a collaboration between UO Theatre Arts and The Very Little Theatre.
The eight performances are:
Thursday-Sunday, February 14 - 17
Thursday-Sunday, February 21 - 24
Musa ………...Chris Arreola
Sheri ………...Clare McDonald
Abdallah ….…Stanley Coleman
Tayyib ………Dawaun Lawler
Gamila ………Brianna Soumokil
Stage Manager: Lynn Connolly
Set Designer: Michael Teague
Lighting Designer: Lauren Burt
Sound Designer: Malachi Skjeie
Costume Designer: Savanah Lewis