‘Love in Afghanistan': History, violence, emotion, love

Khris Davis as Duke and Melis Aker as Roya in Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (Courtesy Teresa Wood)

Heather Brady, special to wtop

WASHINGTON – It is somewhat unusual to walk into a professional theater and hear Eminem playing in the background when a solid percent of the audience is your grandparents’ age.

In spite of the generational gap, “Love in Afghanistan” still charmed and moved its audience. It subverts expectations by taking a relatively predictable love story — two very different people from different worlds falling in love — and throwing in unexpected, and at times, heart-wrenching twists.

The play focuses on the attraction between Duke, a famous American rap artist who comes to Afghanistan to perform for the troops at Bagram Air Force Base outside of Kabul, and Roya, a female Afghan translator working for the troops and staying at the base for protection.

From the moment the play begins, Duke is charming, cheeky and somewhat na



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