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Adam Elsayigh

Playwright, translator, and administrator

Adam A. Elsayigh is a playwright, producer, and scholar residing between Cairo and New York. Through his playwriting (The House of Grandma Hanem, Drowning in Cairo, and Ramadan on 42nd Street) and curatorial initiatives, Adam interrogates issues of race, colonialism, and the experience of queerness in the Middle East. Adam developed The House of Grandma Hanem in NYU Abu Dhabi, and later at Theater For The New City in New York. He then developed Drowning in Cairo, through workshops in Bangalore, Abu Dhabi, and New York, and recently presented it with the Golden Threads Theater in San Francisco as a part of their New Threads reading series. Adam is currently translating a collection of Egyptian short plays to English, curating the upcoming Criminal Queerness Festival of New Plays with The National Queer Theater, and workshopping his upcoming play, Ramadan on 42nd Street. Adam holds a BA in Theater with emphasis on Playwriting, Dramaturgy, and World Theater from NYU Abu Dhabi.

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Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre
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Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

31 October 2018

Egyptian American playwright Adam A. Elsayigh uses the 2018 Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre as a jumping off point to discuss the state of theatre in the city, censorship, playwriting, and more.