The Egypt Play, or The Misses Blake on a Holiday Jihad

Photograph courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

The Egypt Play, or The Misses Blake on a Holiday Jihad, which was recently named a 2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-finalist, is a dark comedy with puppets about two British women – mother and daughter – traveling in 1880’s Egypt in search of adventure and escape from their restrictive lives and from each other. When they hire local guides and start heading south on the Nile toward a war between Mahdist rebels and British occupiers, things get… well… real.

Tori Keenan-Zelt is a playwright and screenwriter who recently completed her MFA at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore. Her work has been commissioned, developed, and produced internationally. Other recent  plays include Truth Dare Double Dare Kiss Love or Torture (Tisch Asia, WorkShop Theater), Gossip Well Told (PP), Happy Ending (PP), Scary Things (Blackout Fest), Burning Lines (I ___ YOU Fest), Bad Elephant (ArtVenture), Maria (Blink of an Eye Fest) and A Thriller in Two Acts: A One-Act Play (Singapore Short and Sweet Selection).  Her short play The Flamingo Who Did Not Lay Any Golden Eggs will be published by the 31 Plays / 31 Days project, and she was recently named a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice. She is founding Co-Artistic Director of Panglossian and serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  She designs and leads writing and performance workshops for youth, most recently for Singapore Repertory Theatre.  And whenever possible, she performs on stage, in films, and near unsuspecting Chipotle patrons. Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, she splits her time among Singapore, Virginia, and a cat who lives in Ohio. BA, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch.

Hosted by The Williamsburg Regional Library.

Directed by Nicholas B. Roesler

Abigail Schumann
Sharon Forsher Hollands
Miguel Girona, Jr.
Damian Girona

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