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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

Ashe Image from Hannah for website
In the late 60s/early 1970s, a meteor shot across the sportsworld, a young African American man named Arthur Ashe.  He won the US Open in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a ‘major’.  In 1970, the won the Australian Open and in 1975, wearing the ‘whites’ of the All-England Club, he defeated the brash Jimmy Connors to claim the Wimbledon crown.  But it was a little known competition that he entered in 1973, one that took him into the heart of Apartheid South Africa, that saw Ashe fight, and win, his greatest battle.  And it wasn’t on a tennis court.

Burning Coal has commissioned the rising young playwright Hannah Benitez to tell this little known story for the first time.

This production is suitable for ages 14 and up.


Estimated run time: 1.75 hours.


Saturday, January 26th immediately following the 7:30 pm performance.  Guest: Hannah Benitez.

Cast & Crew

Preston Campbell
Maxine Eloi
Juan Isler
Jacqueline Markham
Joel Oramas*
Steven Roten
Natalia Soto

*Denotes Membership in Actors' Equity Association


Production Stage Manager Gabby Abrams
Choreographer Avis HatcherPuzzo
Lighting & Scenery Matthew Adelson
Costumes Amani McKenzie
Sound David Ranii
Properties Elizabeth Newton
Scene Painter Meredith Riggan
House Manager Carry Vaughan
Technical Director Greg Osbeck
ASMs John Capetanos, Alyssa Petrone, Courtney Pisano 
Master Electrician Lindsey Young, 
Sound Engineer Juan Isler
Board Op Danielle D'Angelo 


Please check back closer to the date of the first performance for reviews.