Text Tony Kushner
Direction Declan Donnellan

2001/02 Season

December 5, 2001—March 3, 2002

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Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul was the story of a lonely London housewife, the Homebody, and the far-reaching effects of her fascination with Afghanistan, set off by an outdated guidebook. Set in 1998, and written long before “September 11th” and “Taliban” became part of our lexicon, Homebody/Kabul began with a forty-five minute monologue flawlessly performed by Linda Emond as the Homebody. After the Homebody disappears into Afghanistan, her husband and daughter desperately search for her, becoming ever more ensnared in a culture ripped apart by centuries of war and turmoil. Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press called Homebody/Kabul, “an eerily prescient play [that] blazes with an intensity and commitment that define Kushner’s best work.” Declan Donnellan and his collaborator, designer Nick Ormerod, came from London to NYTW, bringing a global perspective to Kushner’s sweeping work. In The New York Observer, John Heilpern said, “I cannot think of a more important drama in the last decade. A magnificent achievement on a very challenging, deeply compassionate level.” With Homebody/Kabul, Tony Kushner continued a long relationship with New York Theatre Workshop, which dates back to 1986 when Kushner was an Artistic Associate; in 1994, NYTW presented Kushner’s play Slavs!.

Production Design Nick Ormerod
Lighting Design Brian MacDevitt
Sound Design Dan Moses Schreier
Movement Direction Barbara Karger
Dramaturgy Oskar Eustis, Mandy Mishell Hackett
Dialect Coaching Deborah Hecht, Gillian Lane-Plescia
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson
Assistant Stage Manager Antonia Gianino

with Dylan Baker, Firdous Bamji, Yusef Bulos, Jay Charan, Linda Emond, Joseph Kamal, Dariush Kashani, Sean T. Krishnan and Rita Wolf