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Blood and Gifts

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Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

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Oct 27, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Jan 08, 2012
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Bartlett Sher directs Lincoln Center Theater's production of this new play by J.T. Rogers.


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What Is the Story of Blood and Gifts?
Blood and Gifts examines the events in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States during the Soviet-Afghan war of 1981-91. As the play begins, British and U.S. spies are funneling weapons through Pakistan in an attempt to defeat the Russians, while the KGB and Pakistani secret service attempt to control events from afar. CIA agent Jim Warnock is at the center of the action, determined to help the Afghans defeat the Russians, even if the resulting change of power does as much harm as good in the long run.

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What Is Blood and Gifts Like?
You don’t need to be a political scientist or historian to enjoy J.T. Rogers’ new play. This fast-moving drama packs in plenty of plot points, but the characters are so fascinating that you’ll eagerly follow each twist and turn. Blood and Gifts plays out on a simple tile floor that morphs into offices, an airport, a mountain lair in Pakistan and more, with the ensemble cast sitting stage-side to take in the action along with the audience. It’s a juicy evening of theater, beautifully performed and staged by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

Is Blood and Gifts Good for Kids?
This complicated political drama isn’t family fare. Blood and Gifts is best for adults and older teens interested in how America's involvement with Afghanistan began