Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)
by Gabriel Jason Dean
Oscar Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Building (WIN), University of Texas, near 23rd and San Jacinto (click for map)
February 16, 22, 24, 25 at 8 p.m.; February 19 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10, available 90 minutes prior to curtain at the Winship Box Office. Only Cash or checks will be accepted.
Parking is available in the San Jacinto Garage on San Jacinto near Dean Keeton.
The eve of Obama's election finds Aaron, a documentary filmmaker from Texas, in Northern Afghanistan. He's there to shoot a film about the poppy trade, but changes his mind when he encounters bacha bazi (boy play), an ancient Afghan tradition where young boys dance in women's clothing and are sold for sex to the highest bidder. Both fascinated and offended by the practice, Aaron meets Hafiz, a young dancer, and his investigative journalism turns personal.
Alternating between Dari and English, dance and language, fear and desire, Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) written and directed by Gabriel Jason Dean brings a critical lens to American altruism and explores the often fatal consequences of intercultural misunderstanding. At its core, it asks, "What are the consequences of good intentions?"
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