In 2005, everything seemed possible in Afghanistan. The Taliban was gone. A new government had been elected. A cultural renaissance was energizing the country. An actress visiting from Paris casually proposed to some Afghan actors in Kabul: Why not put on a play? The challenges were huge. It had been thirty years since men and women had appeared on stage together in Afghanistan. Was the country ready for it? Few Afghan actors had ever done theater. Did they even know how? They had performed only in films and television dramas. Still, a company of actors gathered among them a housewife, a policewoman, and a street kid turned film star. With no certainty of its outcome, they set out on a journey that would have life-changing consequences for all of them, and along the way lead to A Night in the Emperor's Garden.
About the Author
Qais Akbar Omaris the author ofA Fort of Nine Towers, which has been published in over twenty languages, and has written for theNew York Timesand theAtlantic. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Boston University and was a 2014 15 Scholars at Risk Fellow at Harvard University.Stephen Landrigan is a former journalist for the Washington Post and BBC Radio. He lives in Massachusetts, where he tends a small orchard near Boston. His play Pan Beaters won first prize in London Weekend Television s Play on Stage Awards in 1989, and his dramatization of V. S. Naipaul s Miguel Street has been staged in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin."