Bartlett Sher to Direct Blood and Gifts for Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway

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Tony Award-winning South Pacific director Bartlett Sher will stage the American premiere of J.T. Rogers' Afghanistan-set political drama Blood and Gifts this fall for Lincoln Center Theater.

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The drama about a CIA agent's involvement in the 1980s Soviet-Afghan War premiered as a 25-minute short play in 2009 as part of the London Tricycle Theatre's 12-play epic The Great Game Afghanistan. The work was not included when The Great Game made its New York City debut at the Public Theater last December.

Rogers has adapted the decade-spanning work as a full-length play, which played the National Theatre in London last fall to strong reviews. Lincoln Center Theater originally commissioned the play.

Lincoln Center Theater resident director Sher recently staged Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for LCT on Broadway. Blood and Gifts will begin previews Off-Broadway Oct. 27 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Opening is Nov. 21.

Casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

According to LCT, "Blood and Gifts tells the story of the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington, DC, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the play follows CIA operative Jim Warnock as he struggles to stop the Soviet Army's destruction of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his counterparts in the KGB and British and Pakistani secret service as the political and personal alliances between the men keep changing. And as the outcome of the entire Cold War comes into play, Jim and a larger-than-life Afghan warlord find the only person they can trust is each other. Blood and Gifts tells the story of the unknown men who shaped one of the greatest historical events of recent history, the repercussions of which continue to shape our world."

Rogers' plays include The Overwhelming, Madagascar, White People, Murmuring in a Dead Tongue and Seeing the Elephant.

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