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People of the Book

Dates: Sep 6-29, 2019
Run Time: Two hours with one intermission
Location: The Allen Theatre

In this world premiere play by ACT 2018 Core Member, Yussef El Guindi, lust, jealousy, and post-traumatic stress bring things between old friends to a boil. Jason is a veteran of the Iraq War who returns home to literary glory after writing an international best-seller, a heroic account of his wartime experience. His celebrity is underscored by his marriage to Madeeha, an Iraqi woman he saved in a house-to-house raid. When he reunites with old friends, Amir and Lynn, questions start to emerge about the veracity of the book and its particular patriotic American gaze.

Patrons know El Guindi’s previous work at ACT, Threesome and Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (for which he won the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for 2012).


Creative Team
John Langs, Director
Shawn Ketchum Johnson, Scenic Designer
Rose Pederson, Costume Designer
Jessica Trundy, Lighting Designer
Chris Walker, Sound Designer
Rachel Bury, Stage Manager
Kelly McGee, Production Assistant

September 10 | 6:00 pm 
Behind the Scenes with Classical King FM
Get closer to the artists with Classical KING FM’s Sean MacLean as he interviews the creative minds behind the shows.

September 12 | 6:00 pm
Red Carpet Opening Night
Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and be a part of the excitement on Opening Night!

September 15 (evening) and 24 | after the show
Facilitated conversations after the performance with members of the audience about the themes of the play. 

September 19 (evening) | 6:00 pm
Deep Dive
A series of performances, lectures, or panel discussions that allow you to dig deeper into the themes of the play before the performance. 

September 17, 22 (evening), and 28 (matinee) | after the show
Cast Chats*
Conversations with cast members following the performance.

(*Subject to change)

Friday, September 27

Note: the ASL by the actors is delivered primarily toward seating section C in the theatre.

Age & Content Considerations: Contains adult themes, including references to adultery.

ACT believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We don’t create age restrictions but do our best to offer content advisories for each show. For detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please contact

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