World Premiere

Drowning in Cairo

by Adam Ashraf Elsayigh

Drowning in Cairo

We’re delighted to bring you the World Premiere of Adam Ashraf Elsayigh’s Drowning in Cairo, originally presented and partially developed as part of Golden Thread’s New Threads Reading Series in 2018.

It is May 2001 in Cairo. Moody, Khalid, and their servant Taha are on the Queen Boat, a gay nightclub docked on the Nile. When an unexpected police raid results in the arrest and public humiliation of the attendees, the lives of these young men are altered forever. Adam Ashraf Elsayigh’s debut production weaves budding romances, class differences, and familial expectations into a loving portrait of three men who all struggle to rebuild their lives against all odds.

Adam says: “Golden Thread was my first artistic home in the U.S.; my experience workshopping an early draft of Drowning in Cairo at Golden Thread showed me that there was a space for my voice and artistry in this country. That the same play gets to have its world premiere here, four years later, especially under the brilliant direction and artistry of Sahar Assaf, feels like a true blessing and homecoming.”

Watch the trailer video below.

Check out this episode of our digital series NO SUMMARY: Conversations with Artists Who Don’t Fit in a Box, which featured Adam in conversation with Drowning in Cairo director and Golden Thread Executive Artistic Director Sahar Assaf on December 3, 2021, to learn more.

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April 8, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Potrero Stage

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Tickets $20-$100

In-Person Performances April 8 - May 1, 2022

Written by Adam Ashraf Elsayigh

Directed by Sahar Assaf

Featuring Amin El Gamal*, Wiley Naman Strasser*, Martin Yousif Zebari

Design Team: Kenan Arun (Make-up Design), Atusa Assadi (Assistant Stage Manager), Becky Bodurtha (Costume Design), Kate Boyd (Lighting Design), Peet Cocke (Props Design), Maya Herbsman (Intimacy Choreographer), Yang Li (Wardrobe Assistant), Crystal Liu (Board Op), Tyler Miller (Production Manager), Carla Pantoja (Fight Choreographer), George Psarras (Sound Design), Karen Runk* (Stage Manager), Chris Swartzell (Technical Director), Mikiko Uesugi (Set Design)

Dramaturgy by Salma Zohdi

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Seating will be general admission and limited to 75% capacity. Advanced purchase or registration is advised.

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Artist Bios

Adam Ashraf Elsayigh


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Sahar Assaf


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Amin El Gamal*


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Wiley Naman Strasser*


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Martin Yousif Zebari


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