Bacha Bazi (Boy Play)
Written and Directed by Gabriel Jason Dean
February 16, 22, 24, 25 at 8:00 p.m.
February 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
Tickets for UTNT productions are $10 per performance and may be purchased at the Winship Box Office beginning 90 minutes prior to curtain.
About the play
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) 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?”
This play is approximately two hours and includes one intermission.
Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) has mature content, including adult situation and language.
UTNT (UT New Theatre) is curated by Steven Dietz and Katie Bender.
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About the playwright
Gabriel Jason Dean is a native Georgian and a third year fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. His plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Row, Hangar Theatre, ASSITEJ International, The Kennedy Center, A Red Orchid Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, FronteraFest, Source Festival, the Cohen New Works Festival, Essential Theatre, Relativity Theatre Concern and Stage Door Players. Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer and was a Runner-Up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award. His script for children, THE TRANSITION OF DOODLE PEQUENO received the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012 Kennedy Center New Visions / New Voices Conference with People’s Light and Theatre Company. He is the recipient of the 2010 Essential Theatre New Play Prize and won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Gabriel was voted “Best Playwright” in 2009 by Creative Loafing: Atlanta. He won the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Playwriting Award, the Porter Fleming Prize for Fiction and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Poetry. Other plays have been finalists or semi-finalists for the Seven Devils Conference, The O’Neill Theatre Conference , Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, and the Lark Play Development Center. His scripts are available through Playscripts and Samuel French. Gabriel’s poetry, fiction and journalism have been published in Snake Nation Review, The Tower, Eclectica Magazine, The Melic Review, and Creative Loafing. He received the Porter Fleming Prize for Fiction and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Poetry. Gabriel founded and facilitated the first year of the Odyssey Program, a drama/creative writing workshop for Morry’s Camp, a non-profit camp for underprivileged inner city kids in New York.
BA: Oglethorpe University.