A suspenseful drama about family and sacrifice from an exciting new voice.
In 2013, a sister secretly shelters her translator brother from an increasingly powerful Taliban while he awaits the ever-delayed arrival of a promised American visa. On the eve of his son’s birth, the walls begin to close in, threatening him, her and everyone they love in a heart-racing exposé with devastating echoes to the present day.
Breathtaking and unpredictable through the final curtain, this unflinching exploration exposes the human toll of American withdrawal.
“[Sylvia] Khoury’s delicately crafted play . . . etches the cost of tyranny, corruption and terror in intensely human terms.”
― The Berkshire Eagle
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Masks are always optional in the lobby and other public areas of the building.
Face masks are required inside the performance spaces on Thursdays and Sundays.
Face masks are optional inside the performance spaces Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Running time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission.
This show is recommended for mature teens and adults. Signature does not admit children under 6 years old. Click here to read all content warnings.
All performances will be performed in English.
SPONSORED BY THE JENNA AND PAUL SEGAL FOUNDATION
SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative is a partnership with the Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation to produce new works by women playwrights with women directors.
AND IN MEMORY OF SPONSOR BRUCE A. COHEN
“Beautifully portrayed and incredibly important”
“Hard-hitting, provocative, and heart-wrenching”
“An important topic, worthy of illumination”
“Will literally keep you on the edge of your seat… a must-see”
“Carefully scripted and brilliantly performed”
“A high wire of tension”
“All four actors give exemplary performances”
Scenic Design by
Costume Design by
Lighting Design by
John D. Alexander
Sound Design by
Cultural Consultant & Dramaturg
Jorge Acevedo & JZ Casting, Geoff Josselson, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA
Production Stage Manager
Click the link below to learn about the country of Afghanistan, a brief history of the American withdrawal, impactful organizations and more.
Signature newcomer Awesta Zarif plays sister Afiya in the Pulitzer Prize finalist Selling Kabul. Originally from Afghanistan, come listen about her worldwide work including a residency with UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute, growing up in San Diego and what Selling Kabul means to her.