2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist
Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. After the Americans have withdrawn, their promises of protection and safety are no longer there. He now spends his days in hiding from growing presence of the Taliban as he anxiously awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth. What are the consequences of taking sides during wartime?
|Event Type||Event Dates|
|Preview Performances||April 22, 23, 24, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Opening Night||April 27 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Panel Discussion||May 18, after 7:30 p.m. performance|
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Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer of French and Lebanese descent. Her plays include Selling Kabul (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival), Power Strip (LCT3), and Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater). She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Seattle Rep. Awards include the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and Jay Harris Commission and a Citation of Excellence from the Laurents/Hatcher Awards. She is a member of EST/Youngblood and a previous member of the 2018-2019 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop at The Lark and the 2016-2018 WP Lab. Her plays have been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Roundabout Theater Underground, Lark Playwrights’ Week, EST/Youngblood, and WP Theater. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.F.A. from the New School for Drama, and an M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
The Head of Directing and Playwriting at the University of Washington’s School of Drama, Valerie also serves as the Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project. Her recent work includes The Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, West of Lenin, ArtsWest, Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, among others. Valerie holds a B.A. from Holy Cross College and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. She has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for Directors, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Falls Award for Sustained Achievement, The Seattle Times’ 13 Most Influential Citizens of the last decade, the Seattle Stranger Genius Award in Performance, and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture.
Lex was born and raised in Manila. He studied Painting and Art History at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. His first significant experience in theater was learning Kabuki and Noh from a Japanese Sensei. His exposure to visual arts, music, and performance has inspired him to pursue a practice in Scenic Design. Lex designed sets in Manila for several years and joined the M.F.A. program in Scenic Design through an invitation from the University of Washington School of Drama, Design. After finishing the degree in 2017, he started designing productions in Seattle and other parts of the U.S.
Regional Theater: Unseen (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); When Monica Met Hillary (Miami New Drama); This is Who I Am (Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Woolly Mammoth/The Guthrie/ART/PlayCo); 9 Parts of Desire (Portland Center Stage); King Lear (Northern Stage); Noura (The Guthrie); Noura (The Old Globe); Selling Kabul (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Off-Broadway: The Vagrant Trilogy (The Public Theater); Heartland (Geva Theater/59E59); First Down (Noor Theater/59E59); Hindsight (Fault Line Theater); Eh Dah? Questions for My Father (Hypokrit Theatre/NYTW Next Door); The Russian and The Jew (Anna and Kitty Inc./The Tank); Dead Are My People (Noor Theater/NYTW Next Door). Other Theater: P*ssyC*ck Know Nothing, Marjana and the Forty Thieves, Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin Theater). Design for Stage and Film M.F.A., NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.dinae.me
Geoff Korf (all pronouns) has lived in Seattle since 2002. At Seattle Rep, Geoff most recently designed the lights for the Public Works musical adaptation of As You Like It. Other productions at Seattle Rep include A View from the Bridge, Roz and Ray, The Piano Lesson, The Brothers Size, The Seafarer, The Cook, and many more. Geoff has designed lighting for more than one hundred world premieres, including August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House at Yale Repertory Theatre; Larissa FastHorse’s Urban Rez for Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles; and Disney’s High School Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Geoff’s work has been seen on Broadway, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Berkeley Rep, Cornerstone Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman, and many other theaters across the U.S.A. Geoff has been a member of the ensemble of Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles since 1996. Geoff currently serves as the Executive Director of the School of Drama at the University of Washington, and is a graduate of California State University, Chico, and the Yale School of Drama.
After assisting Joanna Lynne Staub on Shout Sister Shout! on the Bagley Wright stage in 2019, Dana (she/her) is happy to be back at Seattle Rep designing her first in-person production since March of 2020! Select credits include Sunset Baby (also directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton), Office Hour, and Saint Joan at ArtsWest; Admissions, The Call, and Thanksgiving Play at Seattle Public Theater; Dance Nation with WET; Everybody with Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Language Rooms with Pony World Theatre; Big Bad and Into the Deeps with DangerSwitch!; ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi and Nadeshiko with Sound Theatre Company; Black Bois with On the Boards and STG; and Silhouette and Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine at Annex Theater. Dana is a member of TSDCA. danarobyn.com
Jeffrey K. Hanson
Jeffrey K. Hanson (he/him) has been a proud member of the Seattle theater community and Actors’ Equity for over 32 years. He has worked extensively as a production stage manager at ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre. He is thrilled to return to Seattle Rep, where he previously stage managed: Metamorphoses, True West (’97 production), The Cider House Rules – Parts I & II, Private Eyes, and All in the Timing. Other Seattle credits include shows at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Intiman. Regional credits include shows during two seasons each at Arizona Theatre Company and New Mexico Repertory Theatre.
Humaira Ghilzai has been working with notable professional theaters and artists for the past ten years. Credits include the world premieres, U.S. and U.K. tours of the adaptations of The New York Times best-selling author Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner; Tony Award-winner J.T. Roger’s Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse); Kevin Artigue’s The Most Dangerous Highway in the World (Golden Thread); Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland (five theaters rolling world premiere and Off-Broadway), Slow Falling Birds (University of San Francisco); and Zealot (South Coast Repertory). Film credits: Merry Friggin Christmas, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and the short film, Away and Together. Humaira is a speaker, writer, and producer.
Cast & Production
Yousof Sultani is thrilled to be making his Seattle Rep debut! He was most recently seen in the world premiere of The Gradient at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Other credits include This Is Who I Am (a joint production by Woolly Mammoth, PlayCo, Guthrie Theater, A.R.T, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Thousand Splendid Suns (Arena Stage); And Then There Were None (Drury Lane); Photograph 51 (Court Theatre); Heartland (InterAct Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley and Guards at the Taj (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Doppelgänger: An International Farce and The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf Theater); United Flight 232 (House Theatre); Disappearing Number and Inana (TimeLine Theatre); Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); and The Hundred Flowers Project (Silk Road Rising). Film credits include Glass House. Television credits include “The Big Leap” (FOX), “The Brave” (NBC), “Empire” (FOX), and “Chicago Fire” (NBC). Yousof received his B.F.A. in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. He will be dedicating his performance to his father, Wahid Sultani.
Afiya (April 22 - May 4)
Susaan Jamshidi (SAG/AFTRA, AEA) is excited to make her Seattle Rep debut. Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass (Jeff Award Nomination for Best Ensemble – The Arabian Nights), Victory Gardens, Drury Lane, The Gift, Northlight, Remy Bumppo, Theatre Wit, Halcyon, Backroom Shakespeare, and Sideshow Theatre Company (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble – Idomeneus), among others. International tours: Oh My Sweet Land (London/Toronto/Vancouver with Silk Road Rising). Regional: Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and Notre Dame Shakespeare, among others. Film/TV: “The Tam and Kevin Show,” After: A Love Story, Don’t Worry About It, Being There, Little Nations, Cicero in Winter, The Wallet, “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Sirens.” Susaan earned her M.F.A. from DePaul University and is represented by Paonessa Talent. @susaanlayla
Afiya (May 5 - May 22)
Awesta (she/her) is an actor, director, and singer based in NYC. Originally from Afghanistan, she grew up in San Diego and received a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University's School of Theatre. She has performed and trained internationally, including a performance residency with UNESCO's International Theatre Institute. Previous stage credits include Veronica in The Motherf**ker with the Hat (East West Theatre), Alpha in Going to Baidi (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (Theatre Anon), and Middle Alison in Fun Home (East West Theatre). She is incredibly proud to be making her Seattle Rep debut and, in particular, with this play. She dedicates her performance to her father, Faieq Zarif, and to the people of Afghanistan. @awestaz
Fatima is an Afghan-American actor, writer, and activist from Seattle, currently based in NYC. She is grateful to be back on the Seattle Rep stage where she was last seen in A Thousand Splendid Suns. Fatima has worked at the Unicorn Theater, ACT Seattle, with Optika Moderna at La Jolla Playhouse, Corrib Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Western Summer Theater, and more. She recently launched a web series with her husband and clowning partner, Trey McGee, called “The Adventures of Pudge & Bucco” (@pudgeandbucco). Fatima is a proud child of refugees. For the watan, and all of the beautiful people in it. زنده اباد افغانستان fatimawardak.com
Barzin is incredibly proud to be returning to Seattle Rep after previously been seen in Romeo & Juliet and Twelfe Night. NY credits include: Broadway: Network; Off Broadway: Macbeth (CSC), Hamlet (Waterwell), Richard II (WNYC/Public). Regional credits include Arena Stage, Guthrie, Huntington, A.C.T. SF, Berkeley Rep, Lookingglass, Folger, Merrimack Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, CATF, San Jose Rep, Marin Theatre Co., Arizona Theatre Co., Pioneer Theatre Co., Colorado Shakespeare Festival, four seasons with The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and five seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Film: Funny Face, The Jew of Malta, Joyful. TV: “Law and Order: CI,” “SMASH,” “The Blacklist,” “Girls5Eva,” “Chicago Med.” Training: University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program. Having been a classmate of Braden Abraham in undergraduate and a student of Valerie Curtis-Newton in graduate school, he is grateful to them both for this full circle moment. @barzinakhavan
Adam is thrilled to be making his Seattle Rep debut. He was born and raised in Seattle, but currently resides in Los Angeles. Recent credits include Scenes From 71* Years and We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War (both with Golden Thread Productions); the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Zealot (South Coast Repertory); Disgraced (Capital Stage); All’s Well That Ends Well (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Sinbad: The Untold Tale (Adventure Stage Chicago); Romeo and Juliet (New Swan Shakespeare Festival); and Harper Regan (Steep Theatre). Adam holds an M.F.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. from Western Washington University. adamel-sharkawi.com, @adamelshark
Salwa Khan (she/her) is a NYC based actress making her Seattle Rep debut! Her theater credits include Threads of Memory (Hypokrit Theater); Ectomancer (Mechanical Theater); Enchanted April (Chapel Street Players); Alarms and Excursions and Blithe Spirit (HdG Drama Guild). She has appeared in television shows such as “God Friended Me,” “Bull,” and “New Amsterdam,” as well as voicing Fatima Huda in the PBS Kids animated series “Alma's Way.” Salwa is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, studied Shakespeare and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and trained at The PIT. She is grateful for the support of her friends and family and is excited to perform at Seattle Rep! iamsalwakhan.com
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