The Public Theater presents
in association with NYU Skirball Center
The Tricycle Theatre Company’s production of
THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN
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.
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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Enduring Freedom, 1996-2010
HONEY by Ben Ockrent
While civil war rages, a lone CIA agent realises the dangers of American disengagement. He’s found an ‘in’ to persuade Commander Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir, to help them get back into the game. But with the Taliban closing in on Kabul, will it be enough?
THE NIGHT IS DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Abi Morgan
The widowed Huma is trying to re-open her husband’s school following the American bombing and ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan; however she needs to persuade six more girls to attend. But Behrukh’s father is more concerned with his opium crop, and who will harvest it.
ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS by Richard Bean
Jackie and Graham are working for Direct Action World Poverty east of Herat. They are thrown together to work on a new project about land rights. In trying to help and settle local disputes, the results are not what they expected, as Bollywood, women’s rights and tribal disputes create a toxic mix.
CANOPY OF STARS by Simon Stephens
In a bunker guarding the Kajaki Dam, two soldiers talk of chips and gravy, football, women and whether the British should start to negotiate with the Taliban insurgents. A searing insight into soldiers at war, and what happens when they go home.
For more on The Great Game: Afghanistan visit thegreatgameonstage.org
Photos by John Haynes. On left, Canopy of Stars by Simon Stephens. Pictured, Tom Mckay. On right, On the Side of the Angels by Richard Bean. Pictured, Jemma Redgrave, Tom McKay and Nabil Elouahabi.