The Talented Ones

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Jane Unger

April 25, 2017 – May 21, 2017

Morrison Stage

The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage while Omar’s buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by verrrrry bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify their desires. 

THE TALENTED ONES is Artists Rep’s first new play development commission for Table|Room|Stage as part of the Oregon Community Foundation’s “Creative Heights Initiative.”

  • Award-winning playwright
  • World Premiere

RUN TIME: approximately two hours + one intermission


Khanh Doan +


Michel Castillo

Young Omar

Madeleine Tran

Dancer Cindy

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Yussef El Guindi


Jane Unger *


Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Scenic Designer: Daniel Meeker #

Costume Designer: Darrin Pufall

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Crosser #

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Choreographer: Sarah Jane Hardy

Resident Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *

Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis ^

Stage Manager: Michelle Jazuk +^

Props Master: Kaye Blankenship

Production Assistant: Esther McFaden ±

Board Op: Jason Coffey

Assistant Choreographer: Camille Trinka

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

± Equity Membership Candidate

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


Oregon Public Broadcasting “Think Out Loud”
Yussef El Guindi radio interview with host Dave Miller

“…sharp, instantly engaging, alternately earnest and sardonic comedy…”
- Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive

“…just offbeat enough to be unexpectedly funny in moments that could easily seem dark.”
- Shannon Gormley, Willamette Week

“…innovative, darkly funny work…”
- Megan Burbank, The Portland Mercury

“…haunting play…the truths are so real and the action so raw.” “…a play that should have no problems finding its way into theatres across the country.”
Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Play Reviews

"…carefully weaves together a difficult tale traversing often conflicting ideals and ideas.”
Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

(Workshop production with UCSB's Launch Pad)
"THE TALENTED ONES brings the political and the personal together in a dramatic interpretation of the immigrant experience in America, represented by one couple's failing marriage." - Broadway World




We believe that you will like this show if you enjoyed GOD OF CARNAGE, Yussef's play THREESOME at Portland Center Stage last year or plays like DEATHTRAP or WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?


Study guide!  A great resource for all. Click here.

Read up on the playwright by visiting here and here.

Preview the original 2015 workshop that was produced at UC Santa Barbara here.

In the play, the trials of becoming a U.S. citizen is discussed. Learn about the requirements it takes to become a citizen here