Colt Coeur presents the world premiere of Kareem Fahmy's Dodi & Diana October 1–29 at Off-Broadway's HERE. Opening night is October 5.
Directed by Founding Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the cast features Rosaline Elbay (Ramy) and Peter Mark Kendall (Six Degrees of Separation).
Set in August 2022—25 years after the car accident that took the lives of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed—a Wall Street banker and a Hollywood starlet, locked in the Hôtel Ritz Paris, unearth a strange connection to the star-crossed lovers.
The production also has scenic design by Alexander Woodward, costumes by Dina El-Aziz, lighting design by Eric Norbury, sound design by Hidenori Nakajo, intimacy direction by Crista Marie Jackson, dialect coaching by Barbara Rubin, casting by Taylor Williams, and dramaturgy by Kimberly Colburn and John McManus. Savanah Sanchez is the production manager, Elizabeth Allen the production stage manager, and Molly Foy the assistant stage manager.
"I'm thrilled to be making my professional debut as a playwright with Dodi & Diana and to bring this story to life on stage just weeks after when it's set, on the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed,” said playwright Fahmy in an earlier statement. “As a fellow Egyptian, I was always curious about Dodi, his life, and the relatively small space he occupies in Diana's constantly examined story. I hope this play sheds light on how a key moment in modern history has been remembered through a skewed lens, and that a quarter-century later we can revisit it through a fresh perspective."
Fahmy's American Fast will receive a rolling world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre, City Theatre, and InterAct Theatre, while A Distinct Society will receive productions at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Pioneer Theatre, and Writers Theatre. His other plays include Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the novel The Yacoubian Building.
Dodi & Diana is produced by Colt Coeur, Rashad T Bailey, and Emily Caffery.
Tickets are on sale at HERE.org.