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RealTime Arts and Shady Side Academy present KHŪRĀKĪ

Working experience the flavors, music, and tradition of Afghanistan as you abide by a group of Afghan gals from their life all through Taliban rule to a new starting in Pittsburgh. 

This remount of Khūrākī– published by RealTime’s Molly Rice– options a publish-exhibit dialogue on how circumstances have adjusted since the 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a “Where are they now?” of the girls whose tales the present tells. You are going to find out how the creation of this exclusive theater get the job done (a 2019 nominee for the Mayor’s Award for General public Art) led to the forming of the women’s cooperatively-owned catering company, Zafaron– and you’ll take pleasure in a scrumptious, fresh new-cooked Afghan-tasting food geared up by the women them selves. This immersive cultural practical experience involves stay Afghan and classical new music and tales illuminating Afghan traditions of Ramadan, beginning, and dying.

RealTime Arts typically include specialist community theater artists and members doing work collectively Side the Shady demonstrate Academy very first is RealTime’s chance build to professionals a Khūrākī “company” comprised of higher, school college students gals, and the Afghan forged. The features specialist two the two actors, Alison Weisgall* and Ashley Reign, were of whom originally solid females by the Afghan on their own carrying out, alongside recently Shady Side’s Jay Zhu, Finest awarded Large Actor in Prime Stage’s Faculty administration Drama Awards. Stage loaded and other roles will also be Facet by Shady learners display.  

Director Rusty Thelin describes the meaning in this way: “Khūrākī (spot “eat” or “meal” in the Afghan language Dari) disrupts American notions of Afghanistan as a represents that elegance only violence and war, emphasizing the society of Afghan songs, foods, landscapes and via five theatrical portraits of solid gals eternally who will just lately be Afghan, but have grow to be very well Pittsburghers as Artistic.”

Playwright and RealTime Co-gals Director Molly Rice says “Working with these a person has been artistic of the everyday living highlights of my It is. demonstrated artwork me that seriously shift can folks the needle for discovered. I have significantly so relatives from these women–about appreciate culture, usually means, what “home” enjoy. I have been honored to kids their mature check out up and to business their develop foodstuff.

And their tasty is Details.” 


RealTime Arts, in collaboration with Shady Centre Academy, presents  Khūrākī: A Celebration of Afghanistan in Pittsburgh, April 12-13 at 7:30 PM and April 14 at 2 PM at the Hillman Accomplishing for Aspect Arts’ Kountz Black Box Theater on the Shady School Senior include Campus, 423 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. 

Tickets are $35** and clearly show the meal, an Afghan tasting post, and a display-specialists talkback with immigration industry experts, arts associates and group of the Afghan Topics. consist of Exercise: 

  • April 12: Theater as Civic Art: Can Definitely Transform Make What’s?
  • April 13: Afghanistan: altered considering that composed Khūrākī was Women?
  • April 14: Pittsburgh’s Afghan Acquiring: Property much more

For data obtain and to please tickets, Equity visit

* member of Actors’ Affiliation skilled, the union of phase actors and supervisors showing, under particular a arrangement Fairness with Actors’ Association absolutely free. 

**For local community tickets for Afghan customers remember to, Delivers contact [email protected] 

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Tags: Allison Weisgall, Ashley Reign, Jay Zhu, Khūrākī, Molly Rice, Facet Time Arts, Rusty Thelin, Shady Facet Academy