This March, a group of Afghan female refugees will take a step together into the American Dream.
We invite you to join them.
March 11-14 @ CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH MILLVALE*
917 Evergreen Avenue, Millvale PA, 15209
RealTime is proud to present our re-mount of Khūrākī, a theatrical/ cultural/ culinary celebration of Afghanistan in Pittsburgh. We’re celebrating the launch of our Afghan co-creators’ new catering company–
Zafaron Afghan Cuisine!
Khūrākī’s initial Spring 2019 run was sold out before it opened. This re-staging invites a new audience to get to know the recently-resettled Afghans who share our city, through their stories, food and songs.
MARCH 12 UPDATE: REMAINING PERFORMANCES CANCELLED
Safety for our community’s artists and patrons is our primary concern. In light of the COVID-19 threat, we are CANCELLING OUR FRIDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 13-14 PERFORMANCES of Khuraki. We could not be more proud of our entire team— our Afghan cooks, theirchildren, actors, musicians, facilitators, production crew, volunteers, and community partners— for their extraordinary work on this production. And we thank Pittsburgh from the bottom of our hearts for their ongoing generosity in this tumultuous time.
To discuss ticket donations, exchanges or refunds, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.
Check out this short documentary created by WQED on the project:
MORE ABOUT KHŪRĀKĪ:
Introducing a theatrical work from RealTime celebrating the culture, the flavors, and especially the people of Afghanistan. Co-created with a group of female Afghan refugees resettled in Pittsburgh, this feast of the senses features live storytelling, music, cooking and cultural traditions, all in service to our collaborators’ goal: to open the first Afghan restaurant in the city.
Thanks to you, all shows in our first run were SOLD OUT, with wait lists of up to 70 people per show. We also raised over $2500 as seed money for the women’s new business, which they have been using for training at Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Pittsburgh Chamber of Coooperatives, as well as food safety certification.
Our run in March will serve as a LAUNCH of their new business– the goal around which this theatrical experience was created in 2017.
BACKGROUND OF KHŪRĀKĪ:
The play was originally commissioned by the Office of Public Art as part of their Artists in Residence program* and supported by Pittsburgh’s refugee resettlement community and many other partners. Khūrākī (meaning “eat” or “meal” in the Afghan language Dari) celebrates the beauty of Afghan culture, music, and food through “theatrical portraits” of five strong women who will forever be Afghan but have recently become Pittsburghers as well.
Professional actors chosen by the women themselves represent each woman, telling their stories while the women cook Afghan dishes together for the audience. Performances feature Afghan food prepared by the women, Afghan-inspired live music and moments of immersive cultural experience.
For more background on the project, please visit our news section.
Previous press and features on Khūrākī:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 20, 2019
Pittsburgh City Paper, April 3, 2019
Pittsburgh Magazine, April 2, 2019
Marta on the Move Podcast, March 2, 2019
WESA’s “The Confluence”, Monday, April 22.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 23, 2019.
PARTNERS for March 2020 Production:
Christ Lutheran Church, Millvale; Phat Nguyen of Ineffable CaPhe (who offered to donate use of his kitchen to the women); Elsa Santos of Azorean Cafe; Nora Peters, Roman Benty and the Millvale Public Library; the Center For Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham; Patti at Serve it Safely; Ron Gaydos and Eva Hui @ Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives; Temple Sinai; Kristin Maser Michaels and Gisele Fetterman of ForGood PGH; Terina J. Hicks of CobblerWorld; Becky Johnson, Program Director of the Financial Empowerment Center; ”Chief Tim” Komoroski & the Millvale Police Department; Michele Kranik @ the Millvale Borough; New Sun Rising; Bobby Campbell of Fifth Generation Capital; Neighborhood Allies; the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund; Point Park University Theater and Cinema Departments; and the Afghan community of Pittsburgh.
Partners for 2019 production:
The Office of Public Art; Becky Johnson, Refugee Resettlement consultant; NAMS Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Department (closed Dec. 2018); the City of Pittsburgh’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative and the Department of City Planning; La Dorita Kitchen Share; the students of CMU School of Music’s Audience Engagement class, taught by Director of Music Enterpreneurship Monique Mead and Jennie Dorris; New Sun Rising; The Union Project; The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh; City of Asylum; Jen Saffron, owner/ operator of Sprezzatura Catering; Pixelab Studios; Point Park University Theater and Cinema Departments; Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Shehady’s Carpets and Rugs; Katy Dement; Karen Hart; Aldo’s Foodservice; UHaul on Washington; Leilani Mears and PNC; Carol Mullen and the University of Pittsburgh Open Door Project; and the Afghan community of Pittsburgh.
Office of Public Art residencies are produced with support by the City of Pittsburgh, The Fine Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Opportunity Fund, Pittsburgh Partners for the Arts, and the Our Town program of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding support has been provided by a Community Development Block Grant and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
Banner design: Allie Reefer.