The Homosexual or the Difficulty of Expression

Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Homosexual or the Difficulty of Expression (L'homosexuel ou la difficulté de s'exprimer) (1971) is a surreal farce written by Argentine playwright Copi. The play is set in the re-education camps in Siberia, where Stalin sent homosexuals and transsexuals during his rule and it provides a poetic insight into the underground world of sexual and gender confusion within the context of an epidemic caused by a mysterious virus coming from the Steppes.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First staged in March 2004 in Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg, directed by Sophie Loucachesky, with Nelisiwe Xaba (Irina), Toni Morkel (Madame Garbo), Robert Coleman (Madame Simpson), Rob van Vuuren (Garbenko) and Lindiwe Ndlovu.


Mail & Guardian, 1 April 2004.

This Day, 1 April 2004.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

Return to

Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays

Return to PLAYS II: Foreign plays

Return to PLAYS III: Collections

Return to PLAYS IV: Pageants and public performances

Return to South African Festivals and Competitions

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page