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Allan Havis
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A psychological drama that focuses on three characters — an American Jewish architect, his half-Arab banker wife, and a Moroccan colonel. MOROCCO begins with the ten-day arrest of sophisticated Abril Kempler, a banker working with her architect husband in Fez, Morocco. The ordeal involves a complex game between the Colonel running the jail and the Jewish American architect. Having Abril released from prison does not readily end the nightmare of this incident. After a brief sojourn to Malaga, Spain, Charles Kempler returns to the prison to confront the Colonel on a deeper transgression.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (1 female, 3 male, Multiethnic Cast)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Allan Havis’s MOROCCO is an absorbing cat-and-mouse game in which one cannot always distinguish the cat from the mouse. Between the scenes and behind the lines, there is far more here than meets the eye … In what is partly a comedy of menace, Mr Havis artfully weaves a web of suspicion around his three principal characters … The author repeatedly encourages the audience’s sense of wariness. One starts to wonder if the characters are inhabiting a Morocco of the mind, or, perhaps, a sanatorium. Step by step, we are led into Mr Havis’s labyrinth. Beneath the surface, the play is concerned with politics and terrorism as well as with the polarities of personalities that can inhabit a marriage … There are significant pieces studiously missing in Mr Havis’s Pinteresque puzzle, a fact that enhances the play’s tantalizing air of mystery.” —Mel Gussow, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Allan Havis

    Over three decades, Allan Havis has had his plays produced at theatres across the country and in Europe, including San Diego Rep, Old Globe, Seattle's ACT, Odyssey, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage, WPA, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Trapdoor Theatre, Coral Gable's New Theatre, Interact Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co. and Rowholt Theater-Verlag (National German Radio). Works commissioned by England's Chichester Festival, Sundance, San Diego Rep, Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions, South Coast Rep, Mixed Blood, CSC Rep, Malashock Dance, Carolina Chamber Chorale, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, San Diego City Opera and University of California, San Diego. Nineteen published full-length plays including his signature drama MOROCCO: Penguin/Mentor, Theatre Communications Group, Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, and Broadway Play Publishing. Harper/Collins published his young adult novel Albert the Astronomer in 1979. His sequel novel Albert Down a Wormhole was published by Goodreads Press in 2019. His book on ninety years of cinema, Cult Films: Taboo & Transgression, was published by University Press of America. In collaboration with composer Anthony Davis, his play LILITH was re-imagined as a chamber opera, premiering at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center December 2009. His next collaboration with Mr. Davis was Lear on the 2nd Floor, which premiered as a work-in-process March 2012 at Princeton University, and a full-length piece at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center March 2013. Both operas can be viewed online at UCSD TV. His third opera, St. Francis de Los Barrios, was presented in showcase at the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego in 2015. His latest opera project, The Golem of La Jolla, in collaboration with composer Michael Roth, will have a concert presentation October 2019 in La Jolla Playhouse's WoW Festival. Recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Kennedy Center/American Express, CBS, HBO, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle 2003 Outstanding New Play for NUEVO CALIFORNIA (co-author Bernardo Solano) and San Diego's 2008 Patté Best Play award for THE TUTOR. University of Illinois Press published in 2001 his edited volume: American Political Plays. Southern Illinois University Press published in 2010 his second edited volume American Political Plays Post 9/11. In 2019 London's Bloomsbury/Methuen published his third volume American Political Plays in the Age of Terrorism. He was Provost of Thurgood Marshall College/UC San Diego for ten years, has headed the MFA playwriting program at University of California, San Diego and continues to teach in their graduate writing program over thirty years where he serves as Chair of Theatre and Dance. He holds an MFA from Yale Drama School.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/21/2011
Pages 68
ISBN 9780881455120

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced in a one-act version by American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA
World premiere of the full-length version by Virginia State Company, Norfolk

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Morocco is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC