Ep. 1: Burning Coal’s Artistic Director Jerome Davis on ‘Ashe in Johannesburg’ and Theater as a Vehicle for Social Change

Ep. 1: Burning Coal’s Artistic Director Jerome Davis on ‘Ashe in Johannesburg’ and Theater as a Vehicle for Social Change

 
 
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In 1973, tennis champion Arthur Ashe competed in the South African Open. It is the events surrounding this trip to Apartheid South Africa that is the inspiration for the new play Ashe in Johannesburg.

On this first episode of the RDU on Stage podcast, hear what Jerome Davis, the artistic director of Burning Coal Theatre, has to say about Hannah Benitez’s new play, theater as a vehicle for social change, and why it is important to tell this story right now.

About Jerome Davis

Jerome Davis is Burning Coal Theatre Company’s founding artistic director. He has worked at Trinity Repertory Company (Providence), People’s Light & Theatre Company (PA), New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Phoenix Theatre (SUNY/Purhchase), Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre (Cape Cod), Columbia University, and Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Avalon Rep and MINT Theatre (NYC). Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he studied in New York with Uta Hagen, Nikos Psacharapolous and Julie Bovasso. He has presented more than two dozen world premieres, providing Raleigh audiences with stimulating new works by local, national and international playwrights and is the recipient of the 2018 Raleigh Medal of the Arts.

Ashe in Johannesburg opens January 24th at Burning Coal Theatre. For more information visit: https://burningcoal.org/.

For more information on Arthur Ashe or to read an excerpt from the biography, Arthur Ashe: A Life, which includes more information on Ashe’s visit to Johannesburg, click here.

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