TREND ALERT: Afghani Theater

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London’s Tricycle Theatre will late this week see the beginning of “The Great Game” — a two month-long festival celebrating theater coming out of Afghanistan.

One of the Tricycle’s most ambitious maneuvers yet, the event features 15 new plays specially commissioned for the Festival. The plays span literally centuries of Afghani history and showcase the nation in three key periods: The late-Ottoman era, the Soviet occupation and post-9/11.

The series is decidedly political and also includes short films and theatrical monologues.

Most of the authors and playwrights are noticeably British, reflecting the long cultural journey battered Afghanistan still faces.

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