New York Theatre Workshop: BACHA BAZI
by Gabriel Jason Dean, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
BACHA BAZI (BOY PLAY)
SAT | AUG 17 | 8 PM
by Gabriel Jason Dean | directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Aaron is an American documentary filmmaker who has come to Northern Afghanistan to shoot a documentary about bacha bazi (literally translated "boy play")—an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dress in women‘s clothing and dance for wealthy warlords at parties. Afterwards, the boys are prostituted to the highest bidder. But when Aaron meets Hafiz, a young and beautiful bacha bi reesh (beardless boy), Aaron‘s journalism gets personal and the lines of east and west begin to blur. Winner of the Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Prize for Playwriting and Runner-up for the New Dramatist's Princess Grace Award, Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) is a dangerous and sensual modern allegory that peeks under the proverbial veil of gender and sexuality in Afghanistan and examines America's lust for altruism.
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