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a man sits on a red rug with his head on his knees in front of a blue wall with hints of the american flag.
a man sits on a red rug with his head on his knees in front of a blue wall with hints of the american flag.
JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 25, 2024

Selling Kabul

By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Hamid Dehghani

Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now that the Americans have withdrawn — along with their promises of protection — Taroon spends his days in hiding, a target of the increasingly powerful Taliban. On the day his son is born, he must choose between staying concealed in his sister’s apartment or risking his life to see his child.

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Aila Aiylam Peck


Owais Ahmed


Shadee Vossoughi


Ahmad Kamal



Sylvia Khoury


Joseph Johnson


David Arevalo


Jeffrey Levin


Rita Vreeland



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Sylvia Khoury

Sylvia Khoury is a New York-born writer of French and Lebanese descent. Her plays include Selling Kabul (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival), Power Strip (LCT3), and Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater). She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Seattle Rep. Awards include the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and Jay Harris Commission and a Citation of Excellence from the Laurents/Hatcher Awards. She is a member of EST/Youngblood and a previous member of the 2018-2019 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop at The Lark and the 2016-2018 WP Lab. Her plays have been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Roundabout Theater Underground, Lark Playwrights’ Week, EST/Youngblood, and WP Theater. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.F.A. from the New School for Drama, and an M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Hamid Dehghani

Hamdi Dehghani is an Iranian director, playwright, and actor. He is proud of his past collaborations with Northlight Theatre, serving as the Artistic Fellow, performing as an actor in Andy Warhol in Iran, and now as a director. Select directing credits: English (upcoming, Goodman Theatre/ Guthrie Theatre); Baba (Amphibian Stage); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (WIRTZ Center of Performing Arts); Reportage of a Room, Story in a Box, Picnic (Collectively devised at Grass Studio Theatre), Eurydice, A Moment of Silence (Northwestern University); Sohrab’s Transgression (Entezami Theater/Iran). From the Environs of Milad (Iranshahr Theater/ Iran), Nathan and Tabileth (Khourshid Hall/ Iran). Hamid holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University.

Set Design

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson is a set designer based in Chicago, Illinois, having received his MFA from Northwestern University. Recent Chicago credits include Marys Seacole (Griffin Theatre Co.) Extra Yarn (Lifeline Theatre) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Madkap Productions) and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Legally Blonde (Northwestern University). Other credits include Suor Angleica / Schicchi and Beauty and the Beast (Bay View Music Festival) and Disney’s Descendants (Stages Theatre Co.) Joe’s scenography for Karel Čapek’s The White Plague was one of 8 internationally selected works to exhibit in the Prague Quadrennial Design Project for an online gallery in 2020. You can see more of Joe’s work on his website or on Instagram @joethomasjohnson.

Costume Design

David Arevalo

David Arevalo is a Texas born, Queer, Mexican, costume designer, maker, and artist. His work centers personal authenticity and the languages of bodies, materials, and storytelling. He is proud to make his Northlight debut with this beautiful production of Selling Kabul. Upcoming designs: Laughs in Spanish at Stages in Houston, TX, and Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind, a theatrical concert at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Previous credits: Private Lives at the Arizona Theatre Company and Don’t Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late! with The Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera. He holds an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University and is an assistant professor and head of the MFA program in Costume Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lighting Design

Maximo Grano de Oro

Maximo Grano de Oro is a lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance originally from New Jersey. Re recieved his BFA in Lighting Design from Rutgers Mason Gross and his MFA from Northwestern University, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member. Recent designs include Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Everybody, Sweat, As You Like It, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, In His Hands, Resiliencia (Northwestern Wirtz Center), The Magic Flute, The Medium (Northwestern Opera). 

Production Stage Manager

Rtia Vreeland

Rita Vreeland has been a frequent stage manager at Northlight since 2007, with Birthday Candles marking her 42nd production here. Other favorite recent projects include Ernest Shackleton Loves Me at Porchlight Music Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane, The Luckiest at Raven Theatre, three years of The Polar Express Train Ride, and productions at Mercury Theatre, Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, and The Galway International Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to ten-year-old Charlie, and this year she celebrated her 22nd anniversary as a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Thank you for supporting live theatre!