2012 Blood and Gifts

 Blood and Gifts

June 12 – July 8

By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Sound Design and Original Music by Shahrokh Yadegari

Won the 2012 Craig Noel’s San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

From La Jolla Playhouse:

Blood and Gifts takes you inside the secret spy war behind the official Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s.
Spanning a decade and playing out in Washington DC, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the play offers up a slice of historical fiction laced with dark humor, as it follows CIA operative Jim Warnock and his struggles to stop Soviet control of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his British, Russian and Pakistani counterparts as the political and personal alliances keep changing.

A thrilling, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse, Blood and Gifts depicts the unknown men who shaped one of the greatest historical events in recent history, the repercussions of which continue to shape our world.

Selected Reviews:
Jacob Coakley, "Craig Noel Awards Honor Best San Diego Theatre of 2012 ", Stag Directions, Las Vegas, NV. Feb. 12, 2013.

Charlene Baldridge, "History retold in “Blood and Gifts”", Gay San Diego, San Diego. JUne 28, 2012.
" ...Shahrokh Yadegari provides marvelous original music and sound design. ... "

Jeff Smith, "Blood & Gifts at La Jolla Playhouse", San DIego Reader, San DIego, CA. June 27, 2012.

Carol Davis, "“Blood and Gifts” offers intrigue at The La Jolla Playhouse", San Diego Examiner, San Diego, CA. June 20, 2012.
" ...Shahrokh Yadegari’s original music hinting at sounds of the region adds up beautifully to make a powerful case for “Blood and Gifts” ... "

James Herbert, "Play review: Smart, involving "Gifts"", Union Tribune, San Diego. June 17, 2012.
" ... Shahrokh Yadegari’s sound and original music convey powerfully both the tribal and the martial ... "