Love in Afghanistan
By resident playwright Charles Randolph-Wright
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
World Premiere Drama
From resident playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Blue, Cuttin' Up) comes a daring world premiere drama set to take audiences on a thrilling, romantic adventure in a chaotic land. Meet Duke and Roya, two fantastically different people discovering love in the most unlikely of places: war-torn Afghanistan. One, an emerging hip-hop artist, the other, a high-level Afghan interpreter, both fight to navigate the pitfalls of romance, religious differences and political unrest.
Over the years, Arena Stage has given me an amazing gift - the gift of possibility. There have been no limits to what I could try, as a director and now as a resident playwright. I read an article about families in Afghanistan that stunned and fascinated me. I immediately knew that story would weave somehow into a play. The resulting Love in Afghanistan is a love story between Duke - a young hip hop superstar and Roya - an Afghan interpreter. In the midst of war, two young people fall in love, a father and daughter hide the truth from each other, a mother and son struggle to connect. Love in Afghanistan deals with love on many levels - young romance, love of family, love of country. Worlds collide on stage, which is challenging and thrilling to me. I look forward to sharing their story with you.
— Charles Randolph-Wright
Love in Afghanistan is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
“Strong cast ... capable directing ... and highly artistic design elements ... make [this] theatre piece a successful and promising one.”
– Broadway World
“Generously laced with droll comedy.”
– The Washington Post
“Poignant. Aker and Davis have a chemistry that is undeniably exuberant.”
“A second act that sizzles.”
– MD Theatre Guide
A ‘must-see’. The performances in this play are truely breathtaking. ”
– DC Metro Theater Arts
“Masterful ... [and] moving.”– WTOP