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Night in the Emperor's Garden : A True Story (Hardcover) (Qais Akbar Omar & Stephen Landrigan)

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In 2005, a group of Afghan actors endeavored to create an unusual dramatic performance—one that would bring theater to a region wounded after years of war with the Taliban and offer hope for healing.A Night in the Emperor’s Garden is the captivating account of their resulting play and a rich exploration of the region’s culture.In preparation, for five months, the group tirelessly reworked Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost into their own Dari language while the members brought their own experiences to the interpretation. One actor was a police detective and widow determined to create images of strong women. Another had trained at Kabul University before fleeing to Pakistan as a refugee. A third had played the title role in the acclaimed filmOsama, yet was a beggar who could barely read and write. Joined by a French actress who served as director and several other enthusiasts, these actors performed before royalty and street vendors alike for one night amid the ruins of a magnificent garden laid out five centuries earlier by Emperor Babur. For the first time in thirty years, men and women stood on stage together as they worked toward a new era in Afghanistan.Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan, both involved in the production, have captured its exuberance and optimism along with the actors’ joys and sorrows in the decade following the play. Revealing a side of Afghanistan largely unknown to outsiders,A Night in the Emperor’s Garden tells the magical story of an artistic achievement with universal appeal.
In 2005, a group of Afghan actors endeavored to create an unusual dramatic performance?one that would bring theater to a region wounded after years of war with the Taliban and offer hope for healing.A Night in the Emperor?s Garden is the captivating account of their resulting play and a rich exploration of the region?s culture.

In preparation, for five months, the group tirelessly reworked Shakespeare?s Love?s Labour?s Lost into their own Dari language while the members brought their own experiences to the interpretation. One actor was a police detective and widow determined to create images of strong women. Another had trained at Kabul University before fleeing to Pakistan as a refugee. A third had played the title role in the acclaimed filmOsama, yet was a beggar who could barely read and write. Joined by a French actress who served as director and several other enthusiasts, these actors performed before royalty and street vendors alike for one night amid the ruins of a magnificent garden laid out five centuries earlier by Emperor Babur. For the first time in thirty years, men and women stood on stage together as they worked toward a new era in Afghanistan.

Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan, both involved in the production, have captured its exuberance and optimism along with the actors? joys and sorrows in the decade following the play. Revealing a side of Afghanistan largely unknown to outsiders,A Night in the Emperor?s Garden tells the magical story of an artistic achievement with universal appeal.
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History, Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Middle East / General, Theater / General, Historical
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Qais Akbar Omar & Stephen Landrigan
Language: English
Street Date: October 15, 2015
TCIN: 46777406
UPC: 9781910376126
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-1783
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