by Adam Ashraf Elsayigh
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.
Adam Ashraf Elsayigh’s debut production is a loving portrait of three young men struggling to rebuild their lives after their arrest and public humiliation on the Queen Boat, a gay nightclub docked on the Nile.
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 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 Ashraf Elsayigh
Adam Ashraf Elsayigh
Adam Ashraf Elsayigh (he/him) is an Egyptian playwright, dramaturg, and theater maker living in New York. Through his writing and producing, Adam interrogates the intersections of queerness, immigration, and colonialism. Some of Adam’s plays include Memorial, Jamestown/Williamsburg, The Marginalia, and Drowning in Cairo. Adam is a fellow at Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and a Co-Founder and former Co-Producer of The Criminal Queerness Festival. Adam’s work has been seen at IRT Theater, Dixon Place, Golden Thread Productions, and The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center. When he’s not frantically drafting a new play or producing a theater festival, you can probably find Adam running on the GWB, volunteering, or planning his next charcuterie brunch. Adam holds a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi and is currently pursuing his MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.
Sahar Assaf (she/her) is Golden Thread’s Executive Artistic Director. She is a Lebanese stage actor, director, translator, and producer. Before joining Golden Thread, Sahar taught theatre at the American University of Beirut where she co-founded the AUB Theater Initiative with playwright and English Professor Robert Myers. Her work at the Theater Initiative includes translating and directing Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding in a site-specific promenade performance and co-translating, co-directing, and starring in Shakespeare’s King Lear at al-Madina Theater in Beirut, the first production of Shakespeare in Lebanese colloquial, The Rape and Rituals of Signs and Transformations by Sa’dallah Wannous, Watch Your Step: Beirut Heritage Walking Tour which was a site-specific devised work on the Lebanese civil war. Sahar is a strong advocate of documentary theatre and recently conceived and directed Meen El Felten, an immersive documentary play on sexual assault and No Demand No Supply, a hybrid documentary play about sex trafficking and prostitution. She is a member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab (2014), co-founder and artistic director of Directors Lab Mediterranean (2019), and a Fulbright alumnus with an MA in Theater Studies from Central Washington University (2011). Drowning in Cairo is Sahar’s directorial debut at Golden Thread Productions.