Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

The Public Theater presents
in association with NYU Skirball Center
The Tricycle Theatre Company’s production of


Directed by Nicolas Kent, Indhu Rubasingham
Supported by the British Council

Through the eyes of twelve leading British and American playwrights and the voices of those actively involved in the war and on U.S. and NATO policy in Afghanistan, The Tricycle Theatre Company’s The Great Game: Afghanistan explores, in three separate thrilling and provocative evenings, the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day.

Invasions & Independence, 1842-1930

Communism, The Mujahideen & The Taliban, 1979-1996

Enduring Freedom, 1996-2010

Parts 1, 2, and 3 can be seen separately and do not need to be experienced in chronological order. Trilogy days presenting each of the three parts will be held on weekends.

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Join us for THE GREAT GAME: in Conversation series presented by The Public Theater, The Play Company and NYU Skirball Center: 

Dec. 1, after Part 1
A conversation with BBC correspondent David Loyn, former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Kim Barker and TIME magazine photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg moderated by WNYC's John Hockenberry. Co-sponsored by New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Dec. 7, 7:00pm
A film screening of Camp Victory, Afghanistan and post-screening conversation with filmmaker Carol Dysinger, photojournalist Ed Grazda and the Tricycle Theatre's Nicolas Kent.

Dec. 9, after Part 2
A conversation with U.S. Army Colonel Randy George, Columbia University's Austin Long and journalist Nir Rosen moderated by New York University's Karen Greenberg. Co-sponsored by The Center for Law and Security, New York University's School of Law.

Dec. 14, 8:00pm
hosted by Alec Baldwin
As President Obama reviews U.S. policy towards Afghanistan, soldiers, scholars, journalists, and aid workers will consider what the future holds for both countries: how to rebuild Afghanistan, the way America should deal with the Islamic world, and when, why, and how our military goes to war. In this special 90-minute event, David Rohde, the two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter who was held captive by the Taliban, will talk about his experiences in Afghanistan and the challenges that both countries face. Then Eliza Griswold, the reporter and author of the new book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, will lead a discussion on how to develop Afghan society with Manizha Naderi, the executive director of Women for Afghan Women, the organization that sheltered Aisha, the young Afghan woman who appeared on a recent cover of Time magazine; George Rupp, the president of the International Rescue Committee; and Dana Burde, a NYU professor and specialist in Afghan education. The evening will conclude with three young veterans of the war trading views about the future of the U.S. military: Matthew Hoh, a Marine Corps captain who resigned his State Department post to protest our Afghanistan policy; Todd Bowers, the Deputy Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and Matt Pottinger, a journalist turned U.S. Marine who is now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. The discussion will be moderated by Jeremy McCarter, Newsweek senior writer and director of The Public Forum.

Dec. 17, after Part 3
A conversation with UCLA’s Nushin Arbabzadah, The Bond Street Theatre’s Joanna Sherman, New York University's Ishaq Nadiri, and the International Rescue Committee’s Michael Young moderated by former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Kim Barker. Co-sponsored by New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and presented in partnership with the British Council.

In addition to these special events, The Skirball Center will showcase the work of photojournalists Robert Nickelsberg and Ed Grazda on site. Around performance times, a bazaar with books and handmade arts and crafts from Afghanistan will be held in the lobby.