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Exile Theatre of Afghanistan  and  Bond Street Theatre of New York
bring their collaboration  Beyond the Mirror to the USA!

a visual journey through Afghanistan's history – portrayed through first-hand accounts,
 filmed montages and live music on the Afghan rubab.

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 makes its West Coast premiere at two prestigious San Francisco festivals.

Beyond the Mirror is a journey through three decades of war and occupation in Afghanistan and a search for stability and peace.  Woven through myths and memories, filmed montages and first-han
d accounts, traditional dances and live music, story-telling and 
family historiesBeyond the Mirrorweaves an intricate tapestry of events, both desperate and hopeful.

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


San Francisco International Arts Festival — presenting acclaimed international companies
May 29, 30 and 31 — Friday – Sunday @ 8:00 pm 
Cowell's Theatre — Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Tickets at or 1-800-838-3006

Fury Factory Theatre Festival — presenting cutting edge work by ensemble theatres
June 11, Thursday at 9:00 pm
June 12, Friday at 7:00 pm
June 18, Thursday at 7:00 pm
Traveling Jewish Theatre — 470 Florida Street, San Francisco
Tickets at or 415-292-1233

Please check for video-lecture and workshop schedule 
and additional performances.
Lectures and workshops are currently available for bookingContact


"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,


  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 Jesse Belsky 
and Jeanne Koenig.  
  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


Performances of Beyond the Mirror have been made possible in part by grants 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).  Thanks also to our generous donors.


For further information about Bond Street Theatre — plus photos and video clips from Beyond the Mirror — please visit our at  For stories about our projects and adventures, visit our blog at  An amazing array of our photographs appear on, and you can see videos from our travels and productions and  Thank you!

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