I’ll be the first to admit that my appreciation of the arts hasn’t taken me far into the topography of the playhouse.  I’m an indy film, live music, dusty bookstore, and occasional art museum kind of guy.

Last week I received a last minute call from my literary agent Margret McBride, who also resides in La Jolla. She wanted to invite me and my girlfriend to see a very interesting play on Afghanistan. She said “You’ll love it!” and she was right. Blood and Gifts is authentic and hard-hitting. It’s an amazing show and I encourage anyone interested in military history and the intelligence community to check it out.

It’s also a very researched production. Terms like, “7th floor, and Afghan (not Afghani, that’s what they call the currency)” lend to the writer’s  (J.T. Rogers is the playwright) focus on authenticity and getting it right.

My take-away was that I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the Soviet and current U.S. occupation. Bad history does unfortunately repeat itself at times…

Blood and Gifts is showing at a variety of cities and countries including La Jolla, NYC and London.  Make sure you check it out.

Quick Look

Setting: Afghanistan region 1981-1991

Focus: Americas Secret War in Afghanistan