Play Details
September 7 – 24,
8 PM – Thu, Fri & Sat
3 PM – Sat & Sun
$15 – $75
Bauer Boucher Theatre Center
Opening NIght
Friday, September 8, 2023
A night view of a city outline in the background, flanked by mountains. In the foreground, a huge tree on the right with a male silhouette hiding behind its trunk. This is an illustration.
Art by Dinah Bianchi
September 7 - 24



Selling Kabul

Written by

Sylvia Khoury

Directed by

Taylor Reynolds

New Jersey Premiere

Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now it is 2013, and the Americans — and their promises of safety — have begun to withdraw. Taroon spends his days in hiding, a target of the increasingly powerful Taliban. On the eve of his son’s birth, he must remain in his sister’s apartment, or risk his life to see his child. With shattering precision, Sylvia Khoury’s tense drama traces the human cost and the legacy of our longest war.

Selling Kabul received its New York Premiere at Playwrights Horizons (Adam Greenfield, Artistic Director, Leslie Marcus, Managing Director, Carol Fishman, General Manager) in November 2021, Directed by Tyne Rafaeli. The New York Premiere was produced in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.


Atra Asdou as Afiya
Anat Cogan as Leyla
Afsheen Misaghi as Jawid
Zaven Ovian as Taroon


René Mayo,  Afiya / Leyla Understudy
Raul Ortega III, Taroon / Jawid Understudy

Creative Team

Taylor Reynolds, Director
Ashley Basile, Set Design
Shivanna Sooknanan, Costume Design
Zack Gage, Lighting Design
Frederick Kennedy, Co-Sound Design
Liam Bellman-Sharpe, Co-Sound Design
Liss Faitoute, Props Master
Humaira Ghilzi, Cultural Consultant
Louis Sallan, Dialect Coach
Dale Smallwood, Production Stage Manager
Pat McCorkle, Casting Director


Show dates

Please Note: There will be no late entry for Selling Kabul.

3:00 pm

Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10

Saturday, September 16
Sunday, September 17

Saturday, September 23
Sunday, September 24

8:00 pm

Thursday, September 7
Friday, September 8*
Saturday, September 9

Thursday, September 14
Friday, September 15
Saturday, September 16

Thursday, September 21
Friday, September 22
Saturday, September 23


$75 Opening Night
(performance + party)
$35 Standard
$25 Senior (65+)
$25 Kean Alumni/Staff
$20 ADA
$15 Student

Opening Night

Friday, September 8, 2023

Celebrate the opening night of Selling Kabul with us!

6:00 pm

Pre-show cocktail party with live music on the patio at Kean University’s Liberty Hall Academic Center.

8:00 pm

Opening night performance of Selling Kabul.

9:30 pm

Champagne reception in the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center Lobby.

Purchase your opening night tickets for Selling Kabul.

Audience Extras

Post Show Talkbacks

Engage more deeply with the play in our free talkbacks following select matinee (3:00pm) performances.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Jennifer Gill and former Interpreter Shafiullah Sahil, One World One Love

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Director Taylor Reynolds

Sunday, September 17, 2023
Saturday, September 23, 2023

The cast of Selling Kabul

Production Photos

Photos by Mike Peters
Actor Zaven Ovian stares at the glow emanating from a laptop in Premiere Stages’ 2023 production of Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury.
Actress Atra Asdou next to a door with a scared face, holding the nob, in wait.
Woman and man kneeling on the floor looking as if they are having a serious conversation. The man is wearing a military uniform.
Woman and man hugging.
A man and a woman with a kitchen in the background. The man extends his arm as if explaining something and the woman is listening in a I don't believe you way.
Two women sitting on a sofa, holding hands and smiling at each other as if they are close friends. they are dressed in colorful garments.
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