The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present free performances of “Disgraceful Veils of Afghanistan’s Taliban” Sept. 9-13 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Written by SMC Theatre Arts professor Adrianne Harrop, the 25-minute performance uses dance, drama, and theater to present the plight of women and education in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
SMC alum Sheraye Esfandyari, now an SMC Theatre Arts adjunct professor, will be joined in the performance by actor and filmmaker Pridhvi Sunain Zoro, also an SMC alum, known for his work in “Best Night Ever” and “Cheap Date.”
“Disgraceful Veils” – which explores the stifling oppression of women under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan – was first presented in January 2000, when few had heard of the Taliban.
The shocking and eye-opening performance was one of 11 plays selected from 200 productions for the prestigious 2001 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival’s regional competition.
Please note: This theatrical performance contains adult subject matter, and may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13. Matinees are at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and on Thursday, Sept. 11. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.
Parking is free on Friday and Saturday evenings.
For information, call 310.434.4319.