Former Masked cast member Waleed F. Zuaiter joins Jeremy Beck, Aadya Bedi, Mike Doyle, Ramsey Faragallah, and Sevan Greene for Betrayed which "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. Betrayed 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."
Packer penned a 2007 New Yorker article about Iraqis risking their lives to aid the American war effort, and crafted those interviews into Betrayed, his first work for the stage. The play will premiere at the Culture Project Jan. 25, with an opening night scheduled for Feb. 5, 2008.
Pippin Parker, co-artistic director of the Culture Project's "Democracy Project," will stage Packer's work. Betrayed is also slated for a January 2008 publication by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishers.
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.