Theater Preview: THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR (Diversionary Theatre in San Diego)

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by Eve Meadows on June 23, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional


Beginning July 6, 2020,  San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre will be streaming the archival recording of their original hit production, The Boy Who Danced on Air, a soaring and heart-rending tale of two rural Afghan boys falling in love against the backdrop of a shattered country. The show moved to Off-Broadway and received an original cast recording from Broadway Records.

Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers in the world of bacha bazi — “the ancient tradition where wealthy men buy boys from poorer families, train them to dance and often sexually abuse them” — but their chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality and the strength of the human spirit.

The musical is also a story about a search for identity, freedom, and expression. Directed by Tony Speciale, and featuring music by Tim Rosser and book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne, the recording starring Sittichai Chaiyahat, M. Keala Milles, Jr., Troy Iwata, and Jonathan Raviv will stream through July 19, 2020.

photo courtesy of Diversionary Theatre

The Boy Who Dance on Air
Diversionary Theatre
streamable July 6-19, 2020
for tickets, ($15 – $35 per household), visit Diversionary

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bahar July 18, 2020 at 6:05 am

“Bacha bāzī” has never considered to be Afghan Culture. There are lots of websites that share the same information, but this is wrong. This is a misrepresentation of a culture. Thank you.


Jeff T July 18, 2020 at 11:41 am

Mr. Bahar:

Perhaps you could enlighten us as to where this practice came from, and also which culture it IS associated with.


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