Between Two Nations

My father was a Marxist. My brother is a Marxist. And I am fascinated by Marxism and its influence on eastern society and culture. I grew up hearing stories of political hysteria. My family left their home to escape and survive it. Many Afghans did not. Afghanistan has been through countless wars. The country has not been able to independently stand on its own since 1978 when Communism took hold of the nation. It’s important for me to explore my history as an Afghan in order to understand myself. To understand my attachment to Afghan traditions and customs, I must understand the country’s story.

I want the play to cause audiences to investigate their attitudes towards nationalism and culture. Personally, I am still exploring my attitude towards nationalism. I am first generation. I have a deep affection and love for Afghanistan through my upbringing but I am also a proud Canadian citizen. I live and write in Canada but I am still searching for a home. I am in between two powerful nations. One in peace and the other in war. Devotion to one’s country is a strange phrase to me. If the country cannot provide universal rights and cannot fully support its population, what level of loyalty can be expected and shared by its people? This question can be posed for both nations.

My most memorable experience(s) of theatre as an audience member: Schützen, by acclaimed performance artist Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt (Denmark/Germany), seen at SummerWorks 2013.