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Love in Afghanistan

OCT 11 – NOV 17, 2013

By resident playwright Charles Randolph-Wright

Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

World Premiere Drama

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.

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 and now 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 is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

“Strong cast ... capable directing ... and highly artistic design elements ... make [this] theatre piece a successful and promising one.”

– Broadway World

“Generously laced with droll comedy.”

– The Washington Post

“Poignant. Aker and Davis have a chemistry that is undeniably exuberant.”


“A second act that sizzles.”

– MD Theatre Guide

5 stars
A ‘must-see’. The performances in this play are truely breathtaking. ”

– DC Metro Theater Arts

“Masterful ... [and] moving.”– WTOP

Love in Afghanistan runs approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes with one intermission.

Love in Afghanistan