Main Drag in the Middle East

According to Google Maps, it’s two hours on highway A1 from Kabul to Jalalabad in Afghanistan. That might sound like it’s only halfway to Reno, but between sandstorms, Taliban militants, and U.S. air strikes, it’s a little more treacherous than a jaunt through the Sierras. Perhaps it’s no surprise then, that Kevin Artigue named his upcoming play The Most Dangerous Highway in the World. The story follows an entrepreneurial 8-year-old boy as he sells fish, directs traffic with a Coke bottle, and contends with soldiers, generals, and other dangers on the highway outside of Kabul. Artigue is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights workshop, and recently screened his first feature film, Holy Ghost People, at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Highway is presented as part of the Golden Threads reading series, which introduces plays about and from the Middle East. The series gives new works a chance to take shape, and audience members a chance to participate in their creation. Each show is followed by an informal feedback session. RSVPs are recommended; seat belts are optional.
Mon., May 6, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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