Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE GREAT GAME: Afghanistan

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From On Stage

The Great Game: Afghanistan explores Afghan culture and history, sparking discussion and debate on what is viewed by many as the most important focus of UK and American foreign policy of our time. Through the eyes of 12 leading British and American playwrights and the voices of those actively involved in the war and on U.S. & NATO policy in Afghanistan, The Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan presents, in three separate thrilling and provocative evenings, the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day.

“The Great Game” was a term used for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia. The classic Great Game period is generally regarded as running approximately from the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 a second less intensive phase followed. The Term “The Great Game” was introduced into mainstream consciousness by British novelist Rudyard Kipling in his novel ‘Kim’ (1901).

In addition to this unique theatrical event, The Shakespeare Theatre Company will be presenting Experience Afghanistan, a two-week long festival coinciding with The Great Game performances consisting of art exhibits, symposia and performances to further explore and celebrate the culture and people of Afghanistan.

From the Tricycle Theatre in London, The Great Game: Afghanistan is a unique three part theatrical event exploring the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day.  Performances in New York begin December 1, produced by The Public Theater in association with NYU Skirball Center.
Browse this website for more information about The Great Game: Afghanistan and special events surrounding the New York run.

DECEMBER 1 – 19 at NYU Skirball Center

By Phone: (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111 Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 6pm.

Online: www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu

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