The twice-extended production, now running through June 28, "tells the story of three young Iraqis — two men and a woman — who are motivated by hope to go work for the Americans, until they begin to wonder who, if anyone, can be trusted. . . . [The play] explores the complex relationships among the Iraqis — and between them — and their American supervisor, against the backdrop of a war in which the hardest and most necessary thing turns out to be friendship."
In 2007 Packer penned an article for the New Yorker about Iraqis risking their lives to aid the American war effort. Packer then crafted those interviews into Betrayed. Iraqi interpreter Ahmed Ali, who served as inspiration for Packer's work, will take part in the discussion that is hosted by Larry Siems (PEN American Center).
The Lucille Lortel-nominated production began previews Jan. 25 and opened at the Culture Project Feb. 6. The drama marks the playwriting debut of George Packer.
Waleed F. Zuaiter, Aadya Bedi, Christopher Kromer, Ramsey Faragallah, Sevan Greene and Eric Troy Miller star under the direction of Pippin Parker, co-artistic director of the Culture Project's "Democracy Project."
The design team for Betrayed includes Garin Marschall (set and lighting design), Eric Shim (sound design) and Rabiah Troncelliti (costume design). Tickets for Betrayed are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.cultureproject.org.
The Culture Project is located in Manhattan at 55 Mercer Street.