by Keith Anwar
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
September 20 - October 30, 2011
Produced in association with Rasaka Theatre Company
A World Premiere Event!
Winner of Polarity Ensemble Theatre's 2010 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays, Kabulitis gives an intimate look into the life of an American woman married to an Afghan and living in Kabul, Afghanistan. The story was inspired by the lives and stories of the playwright's parents and family. It gives an insider's perspective into life, politics and religion in Afghanistan. But most of all it is the story of an elderly American woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who is haunted by her memories.
"Given America's involvement in Afghanistan, the play could not be timelier," said Polarity Artistic Director Richard Engling. "It is an important play for our understanding of some of the issues there, but it is also a beautiful, personal, family drama. And for us at Polarity, it is a vital tribute to Keith Anwar to help his work live on. He was an impressive talent, sadly cut short. He lived only a short time after the Dionysos Cup."
Mr. Anwar's father was a native of Afghanistan who with his Brooklyn-born wife took part in an ill-fated attempt to promote secularism and modern thinking in mid-20th century Afghanistan. In Afghanistan his parents received numerous death threats, in part because his mother refused to yield to demands she wear a veil — a stance her husband supported. Eventually they were forced to leave the country.
Kabulitis was directed by Lavina Jadhwani, Artistic Director of Rasaka Theatre Company, an ensemble dedicated to providing a platform for the artistic expression of South Asian artists.
Preview (video) and reviews.
Creating the sets for Kabulitis.
Historical significance of Kabulitis: Mid-century Afghanistan
Historical significance of Kabulitis: 9/11.
Press materials and production photos.
About the book within the play.
Lavina Jadhwani, Director
Topher Soltys, Production Manager
Beth Bruins, Stage Manager
Andy Kepka, Assistant Stage Manager
Chuck Palia , Set Designer/Tech Director
Dayna Shrader, Lighting Designer
Yonit Olshan, Costume Designer
Andrew Dallas, Sound Designer
Richard Engling, Script Dramaturg
Aoife Carolan, Cultural Dramaturg
Lana McKinnon, Wig & Makeup Designer
Lavina Jadhwani, Artistic Director
Kamal Hans, Managing Director
Richard Engling, Artistic Director
Maggie Speer, Managing Director