Fund for New American Plays


Hartford Stage Company, CT

In Morocco, a Jewish-American architect is plunged into a nightmare when his half-Arab wife is inexplicably jailed for prostitution. Caught between the passion and anger of his enigmatic wife and the mysterious values of an Arab colonel who has arrested her, the architect finds himself plummeting deeper into a vortex of suspicion. Morocco is an intriguing thriller that reveals the political and cultural differences between the West and Middle East.

Allan Havis' works, which include A Daring Bride and Sainte Simone, have been produced by Seattle's ACT, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, South Coast Rep, Virginia Stage Company,The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Home for the Contemporary Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, and the Viceroy in England. In New York, he has directed his plays at WPA, West Bank Cafe, and BACA. His play Morocco received the 1985 FDG/CBS Award, the 1986 Playwrights USA Award from HBO, and was presented on German radio by Rowohlt-Theater Verlag. Produced throughout the country, Morocco was published in TCG's anthology New Plays USA 3 and Broadway Play Publishing's single author collection with his plays Hospitality and Mink Sonata. His play Hout Gout was also seen on both coasts and published by TCG. Lilith was published by Broadway Play Publishing. A Vow of Silence appears in Penguin's Contemporary Jewish Plays Anthology, Fruitful and Multiplying. Mr. Havis' children's novel Albert the Astronomer, published by Harper and Row, was adapted for the stage through a commission by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute. Other commissions have come from South Coast Rep, CSC Rep, England's Chichester Festival Theatre, and Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions. He has been assisted by major grants including a Guggenheim, NEA, Rockefeller, McKnight, New York, and California Arts Fellowships. Mr. Havis is the Head of Playwriting at the MFA Theatre Program, University of California, San Diego, and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Director: Mark Lamos
Featured Performers: Paul Butler, Keir Dullea
Running Dates: May 9-June 13, 1987

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