Blood and Gifts

Blood and Gifts



1981. As the Soviet Army burns its way through Afghanistan and towards the critical Pakistani border, CIA operative Jim Warnock is sent to try and halt its bloody progress. Joining forces with a larger-than-life Afghan warlord and the Pakistani and British secret services, Jim spearheads the covert struggle. Spanning ten years and two continents, Blood and Gifts is an epic political thriller shot through with mad - and surprising - humor.

Production History

World premiere: National Theater, London (2010)

American premiere: Lincoln Center Theater (2011)

One-act version commissioned and presented by the Tricycle Theatre, London, as part of the Olivier Award-nominated 12-play cycle, The Great Game: Afghanistan. Full-length play commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater; developed at PlayPenn, Philadelphia, and New Dramatists.