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About the 2020s
The decade of the 2020s started with ACT being dark for the entire 2020 mainstage season. While closed for the pandemic, there was a change in leadership as Anita Shah moved in as Managing Director. The first play after the pandemic closure was Hotter Than Egypt, written by Core Company member Yussef el Guindi - a world premiere.


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Hotter Than Egypt (2022)
Hotter than Egypt is a poignant play about personal revelation. Paul and Jean, an American couple, travel to Cairo for their 24th wedding anniversary. Long-dormant troubles within the marriage start to percolate, and their two Egyptian tour guides, newly engaged Maha and Seif, become drawn into the crisis. This dramedy explores the uneven power dynamics between these Western tourists and the locals. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations.

Hotter than Egypt, recently workshopped through the ACT Local program, is a vivid new work from the audience favorite and award-winning author of Threesome, Ramayana, and People of the Book.
About the Play
Written By: Yussef El Guindi
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 1/28/2022 - 2/20/2022
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: John Langs
Cast: Naseem Etemad - Maha
Ahmad Kamal - Seif Understudy; Boatman; Museum Guard; Doorman
Frank Lawler - Paul Understudy
Wasim No'mani - Seif
Nima Rakhshanifar - Understudy for: Boatman; Museum Guard; Doorman
Paul Morgan Stetler - Paul
Jen Taylor - Jean
Vahishta Vafadari - Maha Understudy
Candace Vance - Jean Understudy
Behind the Scenes: Robert J. Aguilar - Lighting Designer
Ian Bond - Intimacy and Fight Director
Melanie Burgess - Costume Designer
Trevor Cushman - Assistant Lighting Designer
Charlotte Emrys - Assistant Scenic Designer
Nakissa Etemad - Dramaturg
David Hsieh - Production Assistant
John Langs - Artistic Director
Johanna Melamed - Sound Designer
Jennifer Oaster - Assistant Costume Designer
Alanah Pascual - Assistant Director
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Lynne Soffer - Dialect Coach
Tori Thompson - Stage Manager
Lindsey Welliver - Core Company Liasion
Carey Wong - Set Designer
Nihan Yesil - Composer
The Thin Place (2022)
About the Play
Written By: Lucas Hnath
About the Production
Run Dates: 3/18/2022 - 4/10/2022
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Brandon J. Simmons
Cast: Abigal Boucher - Hilda
Julie Briskman - Linda
Rob Burgess - Understudy
Ray Gonzalez - Jerry
Alyssa Keene - Understudy
Alexandra Tavares - Sylvia
Behind the Scenes: Anne Allgood - Core Company Liasion
Erin Bednarz - Sound Designer
Kenrick Fischer - Assistant Lighting Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Amy Jurkiewicz - Production Assistant
John Langs - Artistic Director
Lex Marcos - Set Designer
Emily A. Rollie - Intimacy Director
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Judith Shahn - Dialect Coach; Vocal Coach
Matthew Starritt - Sound Designer
Connie Yun - Lighting Designer
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager
Sweat (2022)
This powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes us to the forgotten heart of America, where old friends struggle to survive a fraying economy. For decades, they’ve shared secrets and laughs on the factory floor. Now layoffs pit them against one another as inequities of race and class fan the flames. MacArthur genius Lynn Nottage infuses this searing script with her trademark mix of compassion, humor, and suspense. It’s explosive drama: made in America.
About the Play
Written By: Lynn Nottage
On Broadway: IBDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 4/30/2022 - 5/22/2022
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: John Langs
Cast: Anne Allgood - Tracey
Shawn Belyea - Sean
Miguel Castellano - Oscar
Lisa Estridge - Understudy
Anthony Leroy Fuller - Evan
Alan Garcia - Understudy
Tracy Michelle Hughes - Cynthia
Tracy Hyland - Understudy
Reginald André Jackson - Brucie
Joe Moore - Understudy
Cap Peterson - Jason
Tré Scott - Chris
Arlando Smith - Understudy
Jeffrey Spaulding - Understudy
Sara Waisanen - Jessie
Behind the Scenes: Geoffrey Alm - Fight Choreographer
Francesca Betancourt - Intimacy Director
Khanh Doan - Core Company Liasion
Ruth Eitemiller - Stage Manager
Landon Elder - Assistant Lighting Designer
Laney Harrison - Production Assistant
Nicola Krause - Stage Management Intern
John Langs - Artistic Director
L.B. Morse - Lighting Designer; Scenic Designer
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako - Associate Director
Sharath Patel - Sound Designer
Jasmine Ritter - Assistant Stage Manager
Pete Rush - Costume Designer
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Bret Torbeck - Assistant Stage Manager