Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces Opening Weekend of “Selling Kabul”

Williamstown. MA (July 11, 2019) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) announces the opening weekend of the second Nikos Stage production, the world premiere of Selling Kabul, which begins performances on Wednesday, July 10 and runs through Saturday, July 20.


Taroon (Babak Tafti), a former interpreter for the US Military, lives in hiding from the Taliban in his sister Afiya’s (Marjan Neshat) home in Kabul, Afghanistan. As Taroon restlessly awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth, his brother-in-law Jawid (Omid Abtahi) works to protect him from dangers lurking outside the apartment walls. In this world premiere drama directed by Tyne Rafaeli, Sylvia Khoury examines loyalty, empty promises, and what it means to be left behind.


The cast also includes May Calamawy.


The creative team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Dina El-Aziz (Costume Design), Jen Schriever (Lighting Design), and Beth Lake (Sound Design).


A post-show Talkback is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 and a Lawn Talk is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, prior to the matinee.


Selling Kabul is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the 2018 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award, administered by Williamstown Theatre Festival. The production is sponsored by Hon. Susan Phillips Read and The Williams Inn. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 Season Partners include Herbert A. Allen, James & Virginia Giddens, Jessica & Matt Harris, Andrew Martin-Weber, and Paul Neely & Susan Street. The 2019 Festival season is supported by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Selling Kabul is produced in association with Playwrights Horizons. Selling Kabul will run at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, with performances beginning in March 2020.




Ticket reservations for the 2019 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are available through the WTF website at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-458-3253, or in person at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 01267.




For over six decades, Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement, has brought emerging and professional theatre artists together to create a thrilling summer festival of premiere work alongside fresh, new productions of the western canon, accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS and Late-Night Cabarets, and readings and workshops of new plays. Under Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, WTF launched the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program, through which theatre artists, including Jocelyn Bioh, Nathan Alan Davis, Halley Feiffer, Justin Levine, Matthew Lopez, Jiehae Park, Benjamin Scheuer, and many others, create new work supported by a year-round play development program. WTF runs unmatched training programs for new generations of theatre talent, and artists and productions shaped at WTF fill theatres in New York, London, and around the country each season. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s productions of The Bridges of Madison County, The Elephant Man, Fool for Love, Living on Love, and The Visit enjoyed critically acclaimed runs on Broadway, with The Elephant Man and The Visit receiving Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively. WTF’s world premiere productions of Cost of Living (winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Actually, and Paradise Blue played acclaimed Off-Broadway runs. In the 2019-20 theatrical season, Williamstown Theatre Festival will be represented on and off Broadway by Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Seared, Grand Horizons, Unknown Soldier, and Selling Kabul.


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