RealTime Interventions: KhūrākīMonday, May 6, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Join us for a production of RealTime Interventions’ Khūrākī, a devised theatrical work celebrating Afghan culture.
Produced by RealTime Interventions, “Khūrākī” was created by Molly Rice in collaboration with a group of recently-resettled Afghan refugees in Pittsburgh. Ms. Rice was commissioned by the Office of Public Art as part of their Artist in Residence program, and is one of four artists who was selected to work with area organizations that serve immigrant and refugee communities.
Rice developed Khūrākī as a public forum for Afghan women to introduce Pittsburghers to Afghan cuisine, while sharing the beauty of Afghan culture with an American audience. Khūrākī (meaning “eat” or “meal” in the Afghan language Dari) will celebrate 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. The piece asks: What do they miss about their homeland? What have they been able to preserve in the flight from Afghanistan–in their traditions, in their cooking, in their hearts? What do they hope to cultivate here in Pittsburgh? And what do they want you to know about the beautiful country where they were born?
Directed by RealTime Artistic Director Rusty Thelin, professional actors will portray each of the five Afghan women interviewed for this piece. Each performance will feature Afghan food prepared by the women, Afghan-inspired music (arranged and performed by graduate music students from Carnegie Mellon University) and moments of immersive cultural experience. The cast includes Tressa Glover, Alex Manalo, Krystal Rivera, Kelly Trumbull, and Ashley Loren Williams.
This performance of Khūrākī is part of a four-part series of events taking place in multiple locations all over Pittsburgh. City of Asylum is honored to host its final performance here at Alphabet City. For information on other Khūrākī showings, visit: www.realtimeinterventions.org. Seating for each performance is limited.
Tickets are free but a $20 donation is suggested. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will go to the women of the Pittsburgh Afghan community to support their efforts to develop a food-based business.
About RealTime Interventions
Real/Time Interventions is the creative partnership of playwright Molly Rice and director/producer Rusty Thelin. Real/Time Interventions creates theatrical events and public experiences that depend upon the immediate nature of live and real-time art: events that come to life when people come together. We seek to generate human connection, curiosity and wonder with our work, and to help audiences re-see their surroundings in new and unexpected ways. R/TI creates narrative art in rich conversation with a broad range of collaborators, from theater artists to scientists to rock bands to social workers to our neighbors down the street. We seek to create small, vibrant “companies” with every new project, peopled by individuals from diverse walks of life and realms of experience who are bound by the creative impulse driving each piece, or their stake in the story we are telling together.