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1. DHOKHA
Play: Dhokha (Hindi)
Playwright: Rahul Varma
Translation: Uma Jhunjhunwala
Design & Direction: S.M. Azhar Alam

Synopsis: It is 2007 and Iraq is roiling under the American occupation. Fractured by warring political factions, threatened by Islamic fundamentalism, and preyed on by American industrialists, it is a place where the cry of a dying child often goes unheard. Against this backdrop, the Americans prepare to host the Conference for Democracy and the Salvation of Iraq, a glittering assembly of powerful Iraqis and Americans. But shortly before the conference is set to start, a little girl in search of her father is shot by an American soldier.

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As an angry mob gathers, the American officer in charge, Captain Edward Alston, tries to make amends with the girl’s family, but is barred by his commander, Hektor Frank. Hektor harbours a secret past with the girl’s father, accused terrorist Omar Ahad, which he may be able to protect if he holds her dead body as ransom. At the centre of this chaos an intensely private drama of grief, revenge, and forgiveness unfolds, and as the turmoil tightens around each of them, we are led to question not only what comprises war and terror, but how, where, and by whom the real war on terror is fought.