Iraq Drama Betrayed Extends Run Through June at Culture Project

News   Iraq Drama Betrayed Extends Run Through June at Culture Project The Culture Project has extended its run of the world premiere of George Packer's Betrayed for the second time, through June 28.

Betrayed began previews Jan. 25 and opened at the Culture Project Feb. 6. Nominated for a Lortel Award for Best Play, Betrayed marks the playwriting debut of New Yorker contributor George Packer. The production previously extended through April 13. Tickets are now on sale through June 28.

Waleed F. Zuaiter, Jeremy Beck, Aadya Bedi, Christopher Kromer, Ramsey Faragallah and Sevan Greene star under the direction of Pippin Parker, co-artistic director of the Culture Project's "Democracy Project." Beck will exit the production April 13; Eric Troy Miller assumes his roles on April 14.

Betrayed, according to press notes, "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, which is also slated for publication by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishers.

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.