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Son of a Dog
Walnut Street Studio 5
Philadelphia, PA
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Son of a Dog
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On October 31st 1999, EgyptAir flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff, killing all 217 people aboard.  Almost immediately, controversy swirled around the Relief First Officer, who repeated an Arabic phrase, "Tawakalt ala Allah" ("I rely on God") eleven times as the plane rapidly descended toward the ocean.  Was it a tragic accident that the Relief First Officer was trying desperately to fix, or did he deliberately crash the plane as an act of revenge and desperation?  

"Son of a Dog" is comprised entirely of first-hand source material.  All dialogue is taken from the Cockpit Voice Recorder of the doomed flight 990, FBI documents, news reports and the compelling interrogation of EgyptAir Captain Mohammed el Badrawi, a 40-year friend of Relief First Officer Gamil el Batouty.

The investigation surrounding the crash was fraught with cultural complication, linguistic misunderstanding and white-hot political tensions that nearly brought the United States and Egypt to war.  Please help support this play that delves into the psychological, cultural, philosophical and ethical issues that surrounded this watershed moment in aviation and geo-political history.  

This world premiere is directed by Ashley Kerns and was written by Gabriel Nathan.  


Stenographer - Jenna Pinchbeck
EgyptAir Captain Mohammed el Badrawi - Barry Gomolka
EgyptAir Vice-President Shaker Kelada - Andrew Criss (Member: Actors Equity)
Bartholomew Elias, Ph.D. (NTSB - Human Performance Chair) - Bob Binkley
Michael Luizzi, Special Agent, FBI - David Polgar

"Son of a Dog" is produced by Ashley Kerns and Gabriel Nathan at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.

Nov. 18th (Preview, 8pm)
Nov. 19, 20 (8pm, 2pm)
Nov. 22 (8pm)
Nov. 23 (8pm)
Nov. 25, 26 (8pm)
Nov. 27 (2pm)


Walnut Street Studio 5 (View)
825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: EgyptAir990
On BPT Since: Jul 08, 2016
Gabriel Nathan

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