Sadly, not many black stage directors get noticed on Broadway, but Charles Randolph-Wright director of one of the biggest money making musicals “Motown” caught the attention of BroadwayGlobal. Now Charles brings a new heart pounding play to Washington D.C. “Love in Afghanistan“. The new work is being presented for the Arena Stage at the Mead Center. A country at war is not the most likely choice for new theatre, but Charles has found love and war to be an introduction for American’s, by introducing theatregoers to life in Afghanistan, through a powerful love story.
“Love in Afghanistan” is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. “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 andnow 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” 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. This is Randolph’s ninth play for Arena, he has written 3 shows and directed 6. Pulitzer Prize winning “Ruined” is also one of his works that he directed with rave reviews. Controversy is his gift. The World Premiere of “Love in Afghanistan” is a Theatre Chat and BroadwayGlobal top pick, because there is no play or musical that Director Charles Randolph-Wright cannot create theatrical magic!
Having traveled the world myself as a Cruise Director, I have seen countries that raise a boy as a girl. In Tahiti, if a family is not gifted with a girl, they will raise one boy as a girl. The term they use is Rae rae. Well, if an Afganistan family is left without a boy, they will raise a girl from the age of 5 as a boy. This secures a job, income and survival for the family. If “Love in Afghanistan“, a story of survival and love does not capture the hearts of theatre patrons, nothing will. This play sheds new light on extreme choices we make for survival and love.
Charles Randolph Wright is one of America’s best directors. It just so happens that Charles is an amazing black director, who has uncanny skills in seamless storytelling, through the art of live theatre. For tickets to “Love in Afghanistan” call 202-488-3300 or visit www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/love-in-afghanistan/. Arena Stage at the Mead Center is located at 1101 6th Street. SW, Washington, DC 20001.