Homosexuality in the Muslim World Subject of New Plays
Two plays currently on stage at Diversionary Theater in Hillcrest deal with homosexuality in the Muslim world. We speak with the award-winning playwrights.
Tom Fudge: American society sees itself as being very different from the Muslim world. But in matters of religion, there are more similarities than we often admit. Like the Muslim world, the U.S. has many religious conservatives. And religious conservatives in both places are very adamant in their opposition to homosexuality.
There’s been a lot of talk about the taboo in the U.S. But Tom Coash’s play, Cry Havoc , addresses the issue in the Arab world. His protagonist is a gay man in Egypt who is jailed and, ironically, becomes a Muslim radical. Tonight, a reading of Coash’s play takes place at Diversionary Theater in San Diego at 7:30 p.m. The main character will be read by Ashraf Johaardien, who happens to be a gay Muslim man and a playwright himself. His play, called Happy Endings are Extra , runs through February 11 th at Diversionary Theater.
- Tom Coash , award-winning playwright and author of the play Cry Havoc , which is about a gay Muslim man living in Egypt.
- Ashraf Johaardien ,South African actor and playwright who plays the lead in tonight’s reading of Tom Coash’s play Cry Havoc . He also wrote the play Happy Endings are Extra , currently running at Diversionary.