Ashe in Johannesburg

  • Dates: January 24, 2019 - February 10, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: Burning Coal Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 224 Polk St., The Murphey School, Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Times: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm
  • Admission: $25 regular admission; $20 senior discount; $15 student, active military discount; $15 Thurs. admission

About

In the late 60s/early 1970s, a meteor shot across the sportsworld, a young African American man named Arthur Ashe.  He won the US Open in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a ‘major’.  In 1970, the won the Australian Open and in 1975, wearing the ‘whites’ of the All-England Club, he defeated the brash Jimmy Connors to claim the Wimbledon crown.  But it was a little known competition that he entered in 1973, one that took him into the heart of Apartheid South Africa, that saw Ashe fight, and win, his greatest battle.  And it wasn’t on a tennis court.

Burning Coal has commissioned the rising young playwright Hannah Benitez to tell this little known story for the first time. Directed by Jerome Davis.