5 February 2005 — KHAMASEEN
by Tom Coash

The Cast...

Andrew Dawson
Leila Buck

This compelling drama is set in Cairo, Egypt during the sand storm season, the khamaseen. The play deals with a young woman’s fears in a strange country and her complex relationships with her husband and her new friends.

TOM COASH, a playwright, director, and part-time Hudson resident, Mr. Coash has recently moved to New Haven, CT to start a new theatre company, Moving Target Productions. Prior to Hudson and New Haven, he spent three years in Bermuda where he directed the film BABY...WAIT and  produced the Famous For 15 Minutes New Play Festival. Coash spent four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. He has had numerous productions of his plays both here and abroad and has worked for such theatres as the Manhattan Theatre Club and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Coash has won several playwriting awards including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Hammerstein Emerging Playwright Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, and a year as a Jerome Playwriting Fellow at the Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center. This past year Coash’s new play Cry Havoc was named the Winner of the West Coast Ensemble’s new Play Competition, Humboldt State’s National New Play Award, and was runner-up in the Kennedy Center’s David Mark Cohen Awards. The play had its professional premiere at the InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia where it was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Best New Play of 2003. Cry Havoc was most recently produced at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago, where it has been recommended for a Joseph Jefferson Award. Mr. Coash is currently directing his play Thin Air at the Side Project Theatre in Chicago.

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