Exile Theatre of Afghanistan  &  Bond Street Theatre of USA            

bring their collaboration Beyond the Mirror to the USA!


BtM poster

The only Afghan theatre group to perform in the USA… 

Beyond the Mirror began in the Afghan refugee camps in northern Pakistan in 2002.  Members of Bond Street Theatre, performing for children in the refugee schools, met a dauntless group of Afghan actors who dared to present live theatre despite the restrictions of the times. This group was Exile Theatre. 

The two companies were immediately drawn to each other's theatrical views, and planned to create a new work together. This plan came to fruition the following year in Kabul and, since that time, has grown into a full length theatre work.  Beyond the Mirror made its world premiere at the 2nd Afghan Theatre Festival in Kabul in August 2005.  Since then, the play has been presented in Japan, Baltimore and New York, and now returns to the US once again.

      Don't miss the chance to see this unique, rare and moving piece!


The following scheduled performances have been cancelled:

Brava Theater Centerco-produced by  Brava! for Women in the Arts
Oct. 1–12th,  Wed-Sat @ 8:00 pm and Sundays @ 3:00 pm

Performances will be rescheduled.  
Please check Bond Street Theatre's website www.bondst.org for updates.


                "The first collaboration between an Afghan and an American theater 
               company, it has a quiet authority, even delicacy, that is truly powerful."

                                      — Margo Jefferson, The New York Times 

                "Beyond the Mirror provides a rare look at Afghan culture and especially 
                              at ordinary citizens often overlooked in media reports. … 
            That this piece exists at all is a form of triumph and its own best example 
                      of international cooperation and cross-cultural understanding."

                                      — J.Wynn Rousuck, The Baltimore Sun 
                "Beyond the Mirror is the most stirring, affecting, and significant event 
                          of the theatre season."
  — Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

       Performances of Beyond the Mirror have been made possible in part by a grant from the 
Ford Foundation
 and the 
Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, with additonal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (US Department of State).

  Beyond the Mirror was created by the Bond Street Theatre and Exile Theatre ensembles. 
  Directed by Mahmoud Shah Salimi and Joanna Sherman.  
  Cast features Anisa Wahab, one of the few women in theatre in Afghanistan, plus Meghan Frank
        Michael McGuigan
Najibullah Qiam,
 Quraishi, Jamil Royesh and Matthew Schmidt.

  Lighting design by Jeanne Koenig with Jesse Belsky.  
  Music performed live on the traditional Afghan rubab by Quraishi, with additional music by Andy Teirstein.
  Video montages created by Mahmoud Shah SalimiMichael McGuigan and Seth Bloom


For further information about Bond Street Theatre — plus photos and video clips from Beyond the Mirror — please visit our web.site atwww.bondst.org.  For stories about our projects and adventures, visit our blog at www.b
.  An amazing array of our photographs appear on www.flickr.com, and you can see videos from our travels and productions on www.youtube.com andwww.goodtube.com.  Thank you!

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