Tom Coash


Cairo Stories is a trilogy of one-act plays, all set in present day Cairo, addressing controversial issues such as veiling, Palestine, and AIDS with humor and humanity and a love of Egypt.


Set in present day Cairo, CRY HAVOC explores the troubled relationship between the western world and the Islamic Middle East; cultural imperialism, religious fundamentalism, political repression, and personal sexuality are deftly unfolded in this tender and shocking play about the dissolution of a loving relationship between a British expatriate writer and his young Egyptian lover.


Set in the weeks just prior to the Egyptian revolution, the play is a two-hander that features strong college-age women of color addressing the issues of Islamic veiling and international/intercultural relations with humor and humanity.

Tom Coash is a New Haven, Connecticut playwright, director, and new play consultant. Prior to New Haven, he spent three years in Bermuda and four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Coash was a co-founder of the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, VA and has worked for such theaters as the Manhattan Theatre Club, Stageworks/Hudson, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Coash has won numerous playwriting awards including the American Theatre Critics Association's 2015 "M. Elizabeth Osborn Award", the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, an Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award, the Hammerstein Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, a Jerome Playwriting Fellowship, among others. His plays have been produced at such theaters as: Portland Stage, Barrington Stage, the InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, and many more. Coash was the recipient of a CT. State Artist Fellowship. His play Cry Havoc was recently produced in the South African National Arts Festival where he was an artist-in-residence. His new award-winning play Veils was one of six Finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association's ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award. Veils will be produced in 2015 at Barrington Stage and the Asylum Theatre. Coash has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of California at Davis.