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Global Gab : Finding Love as an Immigrant

Updated: May 7, 2021

In partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Global Gab: Finding Love as an Immigrant

Tuesday, February 23 at 7PM EST

February, the month when love is celebrated.

Global Gab hosts, Jody Doo and Salma S. Zohdi, want to explore the taboo topic of navigating one’s love life when you’re on a limited-term work visa in the United States.

It is daunting to make potential partner decisions when your future in the country isn’t certain. But does that mean you can’t love with certainty?

Come join us for an evening of candid conversation as we delve into the complications of finding love as an immigrant.

We aim to explore the topic from a scientific, artistic and cultural perspective. With 2 special panelists lined up just for you, you are in for some real talk with Jody and Salma.

Let’s gab. Let’s love.


If you would like to access the plays of Yussef El Guindi, you can with the link below:

“Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi”, published by Bloomsbury/ Methuen Drama,


Yussef El Guindi Born in Egypt, raised in London and now based in Seattle, Yussef El Guindi’s work frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures and politics that face Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans. El Guindi holds an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked as a playwright at Silk Road Rising; literary manager for Golden Thread Productions; and playwright-in-residence at Duke University. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. El Guindi's most recent productions include “People of the Book” at ACT in Seattle; “Language Rooms” (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award) at Pony World Theatre in Seattle, and Broken Nose Theatre in Chicago; "Hostages" at Radial Theater Project in Seattle; "The Talented Ones" at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland ( Santa Barbara Independent Indy Awards); "Threesome" at Portland Center Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script); "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World" (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association's New Play Award in 2012; and the 2011 Gregory Award) also at ACT, Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA), and at Mosaic Theater Company (DC). Other productions: "Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat" was produced by Silk Road Rising and won the M. Elizabeth Osborn award. His play "Back of the Throat" (winner of L.A. Weekly's Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006), "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World", "Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes", "Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda and Karima’s City” have been published by Dramatists Play Service. "Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith", "Collaborator", "Threesome", "The Talented Ones" and "Hostages" have been published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. In January, 2019, Bloomsbury/ Methuen Drama published "Selected Works by Yussef El Guindi". Currently a Core Company playwright member at ACT in Seattle, and a Resident Artist at Golden Thread Production.

Christine Schmidt

Christine Schmidt is a white-identified, cisgender female psychotherapist in Brooklyn, New York. She provides combined group and individual psychotherapy that is informed by a social justice perspective. She brings her awareness of whiteness to her daily life, work as a group psychotherapist and organizational change maker. As a racial literacy consultant in education and mental health, she is committed to helping clients and organizations deepen their commitment to undoing white racism and historical arrangements of power. Christine has published articles about race in psychoanalytic and group journals and has contributed to books on these subjects. She co-chairs the Work Group for Racial Equity of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, she leads Whiteness Learning Groups and Racial Literacy Groups and volunteers with New York State’s “Coping Circles” to support denizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is active in many professional psychoanalytic, group psychotherapy and mediation associations. Christine has three adult sons.

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