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“Khūrākī” is a live cultural/ culinary performances designed to challenge Americans’ perceptions about Afghanistan, while supporting a group of Afghan female refugees in their goal to start a collectively-owned food business in Pittsburgh.

Created and written by RealTime’s Molly Rice in collaboration with the Afghan group, the show was directed by RealTime’s Rusty Thelin in four parner sites across Pittsburgh in Spring 2019. It’s now available to organizations, schools, and businesses interested in enhancing cultural understanding.

Commissioned by the Office of Public Art, Khūrākī (“eat” or “meal” in the Afghan language Dari) celebrates the beauty of Afghanistan through “theatrical portraits” of five strong women who will forever be Afghan but have recently become Americans as well. What do they miss about their homeland? What have they been able to preserve in the flight from home–in their traditions, in their cooking, in their hearts? And what do they want you to know about the beautiful land where they were born?

Performances feature Afghan food prepared by the women, live music, and moments of immersive cultural experience.

Original cast: Tressa Glover, Alex Manalo, Krystal Rivera, Kelly Trumbull, and Ashley Loren Williams. Musicians: Emily Gallagher, Theresa Abalos, Evan Tegley, and Jennifer Sternick.

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