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Friday, June 12, 2009

Play portrays Afghanistan's 30 tragic years


Staff writer

A play about the history of Afghanistan inspired by former Afghan ambassador to Japan Haron Amin will be staged on June 16 and 17 at Space Zero in Shinjuku.

"The Crossroads Country," produced by Tokyo International Players, follows the 30-year history of Afghanistan by re-enacting the political turmoil, assassinations and factional strife that have afflicted the country since it was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979. It also depicts the life story of Amin, who also served as spokesman for the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Amin, who left Japan in May after a five-year stint, will come back here for the show, embassy officials said.

The play, which will be performed in English with Japanese subtitles and features a multinational cast, was written by Tokyo-based British playwright Alec Harris.

Tickets are ¥7,000 per piece at the door, but Japan Times readers will get a ¥2,000 discount if they say or show the special code "A19332002" at the entrance. For more information, visit crossroadscountry.com/


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