Director Shadi Ghaheri brings a thoughtful approach to the performance, keenly aware of its importance without ever allowing it to veer into contrived emotionality or conceit.
Bound together in anxious silence with the characters onstage, the audience for director Shadi Ghaheri’s gripping staging of Selling Kabul (★★★★☆) at Signature Theatre might have been able to hear the actors’ hearts racing.
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Written By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Shadi Ghaheri
Scenic Design by Tony Cisek
Costume Design by Moyenda Kulemeka
Lighting Design by John D. Alexander
Sound Design by Matt Otto
Cultural Consultant & Dramaturg Humaira Ghilzai
Casting by Jorge Acevedo & JZ Casting, Geoff Josselson, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA
Production Stage Manager Lauren Pekel
Production Assistant Erica Feidelseit
A suspenseful drama about family and sacrifice from an exciting new voice.
In 2013, a sister secretly shelters her translator brother from an increasingly powerful Taliban while he awaits the ever-delayed arrival of a promised American visa. On the eve of his son’s birth, the walls begin to close in, threatening him, her and everyone they love in a heart-racing exposé with devastating echoes to the present day.
Breathtaking and unpredictable through the final curtain, this unflinching exploration exposes the human toll of American withdrawal.
“[Sylvia] Khoury’s delicately crafted play . . . etches the cost of tyranny, corruption and terror in intensely human terms.”
― The Berkshire Eagle