Middle East Studies

On the Road to the Pentagon: The Great Game Afghanistan

On the Road to the Pentagon: The Great Game Afghanistan

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:30pm
Thompson Library, Room 150, 1858 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Lesley Ferris presents a lecture on Tricycle Theatre’s 2009 Afghanistan festival of short plays focusing on “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” a groundbreaking series of new plays documenting Britain’s relationship with Afghanistan from the 19th century to today.

This lecture is part of a larger project to bring Afghan women’s voices to the public more prominently through storytelling and theatre. The project, On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan, is directed by Lesley Ferris, Art and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University. Palindrome Productions produced several of the plays in London prior to this project. The first three plays, are based on stories written for the Huffington Post by Afghan women journalists who completed training through Sahar Speaks.  Now Ohio State University is home to this project which will engage and build an intellectual community around the issues brought up in the plays.

Presented by the Department of Theatre and the Middle East Studies Center with support from the Department of History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Service and Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at the University Library.