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UJ Arts & Culture hosts visiting American playwright

UJ Arts & Culture will be hosting Tom Coash, the American playwright who penned the explosive Cry Havoc for the Johannesburg run of the play.
According to Coash, the play was inspired by an event which took place when he and his wife were living in Egypt: “Islamic fundamentalists attacked unsuspecting, early morning tourists at the ancient Temple of Hatshepsut in the Valley of Queens. Sixty-two dead, fifty-seven of them foreigners. Many of the bodies were mutilated with religious tracts stuffed into at least one disembowelled female body.” Coash has worked for theatres such as Manhattan Theatre Club and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Coash has won several playwriting awards including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Hammerstein Emerging Playwright Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award and a Jerome Playwriting Fellow at the Minneapolis Playwrights’ Centre.
Reviewing the South African premiere of the production at the National Arts Festival (NAF) earlier this year, Gayle Edmunds noted that the timing of the UJ Arts & Culture’s professional debut with this particular production seemed eerily clairvoyant, “as the people of Egypt once more took to the streets in political protest on either side of the “Morsi” divide.” Edmund goes on to describe the production as “an intimate profile of a pair of lovers – one Egyptian, one English. They are on the periphery of society not only because theirs is a mixed cultural match, but because they are homosexual in a homophobic place.”
Coash arrives in Johannesburg Thursday 10 October when his play officially opens in the Con Cowan Theatre and he will be in attendance at the Opening Night. Following the performance on Friday 11 October he joins the cast in a Q & A.
Directed by Alby Michaels, Cry Havoc features David Dennis, Brenda Devar and Gopala Chetty. Production designs are by Angela Nemov with lighting by Oliver Hauser and costumes by Barati Montswai and Angela Nemov.
The production runs until 19 October, nightly at 19:30. Note that there are no performances on Sundays and Mondays. Full price tickets are R80. Tickets for preview performances are R40, R30 and R20. Discounted tickets for students, pensioners and block bookings are also available for all performances. Book at any Computicket outlet at the UJ Arts Centre offices during working hours or follow this link to book online now: Download the full #THATSOGAY Festival Guide at


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