Blood and Gifts extends 1 week to 8 Jan 2012

The Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of J.T. Rogers new play Blood And Gifts as extended its run by one week and will now play through to 8 Jan 2012.

The drama opened at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on 21 Nov 2011, following previews from 27 Oct 2011, and was originally scheduled to close on 1 Jan 2012.

The play opened to mixed reviews: Superb new play (NY Times); Consistently gripping theater (NY Post) Gripping and absorbing (Back Stage); Stereotyped characters in cliched situations (Variety).

Directed by Bartlett Sher, Blood And Gifts features Michael Aronov, Jeremy Davidson, Robert Hogan, Jefferson Mays, Andrés Munar, Paul Niebanck, John Procaccino, Liv Rooth, Gabriel Ruiz, Pej Vahdat, Andrew Weems and Bernard White.

The creative team features set design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Peter John Still.

Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, and presented this past fall in London at the National Theatre, Blood And Gifts tells the story of 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 follows CIA operative Jim Warnock (Jeremy Davidson) as he struggles to stop the Soviet Army's destruction of Afghanistan. The ground constantly shifts for Jim and his counterparts in the KGB (Michael Aronov) and British and Pakistani secret service (Jefferson Mays and Gabriel Ruiz, respectively) as the political and personal alliances between the men keeps changing. And as the outcome of the entire Cold War comes into play, Jim and a larger-than-life Afghan warlord (Bernard White) find the only person they can trust is each other.

Blood And Gifts tells the story of the unknown men who shaped one of the greatest historical events of recent history, the repercussions of which continue to shape our world.

Jeremy Davidson, Gabriel Ruiz, and Jeffersion Mays More production photographs

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