Actor-writer Sam Younis is a Lebanese-American Texas native. He received an undergraduate degree in Spanish and sociology from Vanderbilt University, where he also studied theatre. He then earned an MFA in acting from Columbia University. Browntown marks Sam's playwriting debut. The play began as a short sketch in the first-ever NYC Arab-American Comedy Festival (2003), produced by comedians Maysoon Zayid and Dean Obeidallah. After the festival, Sam adapted the sketch into a full-length play for the 2004 NYC Fringe Festival, where it won an award for "Overall Excellence in Playwriting." Browntown was later published by Theater Communications Group in the 2010 anthology Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle-Eastern American Drama. Sam's most recent writing project is a screenplay called The Citizen , which just wrapped production in Michigan. The film stars Cary Elwes, William Atherton, Khaled Nabawy, and Rizwan Manji. Sam thanks Martin and Rochelle Denton for their tireless support of independent theater in New York!