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Episode 40: Drowning in Cairo

We had a fantastic convo with Egyptian playwright Adam Elsayigh!  Adam came to Mark for Redaction in NY, which is where we first met him.  It was so nice to get to talk with him more.
Adam has been creating plays that give voice to the issues that queer Egyptians have faced.  During this episode, we talked about the importance of representation of SWANA artists, about the reactions that different audiences have had to his play “Drowning in Cairo”, what elements Adam feels are vital to keep in mind when writing and presenting his plays, and much more!

To watch a reading of “Drowning in Cairo”, go to

To contact Adam, you can reach out to him through email or Facebook: [email protected],

The photos below are of:

Adam, shots from the reading of his play, the Mashrou Leila concert that we mentioned during the episode, & a couple of photos of the Queen Boat incident.


Egyptian security flank 52 suspected homosexual men accused of sexual immorality as they arrive at a Cairo court November 14, 2001. The court on Wednesday sentenced a man to five years in jail and 22 to up to three years on charges which included “practising sexual immorality”, a local euphemism for homosexuality, a court source said. Twenty-nine men were acquitted in the trial which has been condemned as unfair by international groups.



Episode 17: A Journalist in Cairo


Meet Allison Washington, a journalist living in Cairo.  We had an absolutely wonderful time talking with her.  During this episode, Allison speaks about what it is like for people on the queer spectrum in the Middle East, her writing, what brought her to Cairo (in addition to the plane) and more.  Allison’s writing is absolutely mesmerizing, compelling, and informative.  We were honored to have her on our podcast, and are thankful to our friend Marie who introduced us.  See her latest piece here about the roles police play in violence against trans women in the west and in the Middle East.

Here is the map that Allison referenced during her episode:

Please visit Allison’s website to learn more about Allison and her writing.

Please support Allison by donating a few dollars to her Patreon page.  This is a big part of how she makes a living.  Her page can be found here:

Also, find Allison on Facebook and Twitter.


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