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Jan 24 – Feb 10, 2019

Written by Hannah Benitez

Directed by Jerome Davis

Ashe in Johannesburg ad printIn 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.


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
Natalia Soto
Steven Roten
and others TBA


Production Stage Manager Gabby Abrams
Lighting Matthew Adelson
Sound Juan Isler and David Ranii
Properties Elizabeth Newton
Scene Painter Meredith Riggan
House Manager Carry Vaughan


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