Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) by Gabriel Jason Dean

The eve of Obama's election finds Aaron, an American documentary filmmaker, in a small village in Northern Afghanistan. He’s there to shoot a doc about bacha bazi (boy play)— an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dance in women's clothing and are then sold for sex to the highest bidder. When Aaron meets Hafiz, a young bacha bi reesh (beardless boy), his documentary gets personal. Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) brings a critical lens to altruism and explores intercultural misunderstanding. What does it mean to do good?
Gabriel Jason Dean’s plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Row, Hangar Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, People’s Light, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, FronteraFest, Source Festival and Essential Theatre. Gabriel received the 2012 Kennedy Center’s KCACTF Paula Vogel Prize, Theatre for Young Audiences Award and was Runner-Up for the Steinberg Award. In 2011, he was awarded the KCACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work and was Runner-Up for the Princess Grace Award. His TYA play, THE TRANSITION OF DOODLE PEQUENO received the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award. He is the recipient of the 2010 Essential Theatre New Play Prize and won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. He has been a finalist for The O’Neill, PlayPenn and JAW; and Semi-Finalist for the Seven Devils, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, the Lark Playwrights’ Week and Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project. His scripts are available through Playscripts and Samuel French. MFA: Michener Center for Writers—University of Texas, Austin.
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