Babak Tafti, seen in Succession and The Profane, will return to Playwrights Horizons within the spring for the corporate’s Off-Broadway premiere of Promoting Kabul by Sylvia Khoury. Tyne Rafaeli, who directed Khoury’s Energy Strip, reunites with the playwright for her intimate thriller tracing the impacts of America’s ongoing struggle in Afghanistan.
In Promoting Kabul, which begins previews March 27, a former interpreter for the U.S. navy finds himself the goal of the Taliban in Afghanistan. On the eve of his son’s delivery, Taroon (Tafti) should stay in his sister’s condo, or threat his life to see his little one. Conserving his whereabouts secret, his sister Afiya navigates the ethically murky territory of survival, as one construction’s false guarantees depart her household weak to a different’s antagonism.
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Marjan Neshat (Julius Caesar, Quantico), who, like Tafti, has been concerned within the improvement of the play since its early levels, will star alongside the actor as Afiya.
Rounding out the solid shall be Francis Benhamou (The Profane, Inside Amy Schumer) as Leyla and Mattico David (Noura) as Jawid.
Promoting Kabul is produced in affiliation with Williamstown Theatre Pageant, which first introduced the play.
The inventive staff consists of scenic designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Montana Levi Blanco, lighting designer Jen Schriever, sound designer Daniel Kluger, and manufacturing stage supervisor Brett Anders.
The piece emerged from conversations Khoury had with legal professionals working for the Worldwide Refugee Help Undertaking, which partly gives advocacy for interpreters who aided American forces, and are left at risk underneath the damaged promise of U.S. visas.
“Inside the tales I heard have been the small print usually excluded within the information—the navigation of on a regular basis private dynamics towards the horrific backdrops world powers have created,” says Khoury. “[Director] Tyne and I join over a dedication to pursuing the reality and humanity on the heart of actually advanced political conditions, and hope the viewers leaves contemplating what our ethical obligation is, as People, to be engaged with the true impression our overseas coverage has on lives throughout the globe.”