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Desire Under the Elms 5 Mbali Bloom as A

EgoPo and Drexel University Special Presentation

Desire Under the Elms

By Eugene O'Neill
Created and performed by Abrahamse and Meyer Productions, Cape Town South Africa

Performed as part of our 2018-2019 Theater of South Africa Season

Eugene O'Neill’s powerful classic re-set in colonial Cape Town has won critical acclaim in South Africa for its lyric beauty and boldness. O’Neill’s 1924 tragedy about a stepson in love with his stepmother is reimagined in rural South Africa, where a British farmer brings home a Xhosa bride. This emotionally potent cast creates a smoldering drama, leaving audiences breathless. Made possible with support from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and their Performing Arts Department as part of their Rankin Scholars in Residence program. Venue: Mandell Theater, Drexel University 3220 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

"Entrancing in its dangerous dance of seduction” -New York Times
“A combination of stunningly strong visuals and powerhouse acting." -Huffington Post
"An unpretentious interrogation of the human condition." -What's On in Cape Town


Abbie Putnam...............Mbali Bloom
Eben Cabot.................Marcel Meyer

Ephraim Cabot..............Robin Smith

Directed by Fred Abrahamse

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