Blood and Gifts: Acclaimed Spy Thriller Set in '80s Afghanistan
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- "Superb! Engrossing and illuminating." --The New York Times
- "A smart, intellectually stimulating, and just-plain entertaining spy thriller." --Entertainment Weekly
- "A study of American involvement in the Soviet-Afghan war, [the play] artfully lays out the shortsightedness of foreign players in a rocky region." --Los Angeles Times
By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Blood and Gifts tells the story of the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington DC, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the play offers up a slice of historical fiction laced with dark humor, as it follows the character of CIA operative Jim Warnock and his struggles to stop the Soviet Army's control of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his British, Russian and Pakistani counterparts as the political and personal alliances between the men keep changing. In this thrilling, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse, Blood and Gifts depicts the unknown men who shaped one of the greatest historical events in recent history, the repercussions of which continue to shape our world.
J.T. Rogers is the author of The Overwhelming, which debuted at the National Theatre in London and had its American premier at the Roundabout Theater Company (top ten play of the year, Time Magazine). Blood and Gifts debuted at the National as well and had its American premiere last season at Lincoln Center Theater (top ten play of the year, The New York Times; nominated for the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play ). His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Israel, and Germany. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatist Guild and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
The play contains strong language and adult content.