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Tear a Root from the Earth is part of this year's Ice Factory festival at the New Ohio Theatre in New York. We will be presenting excerpts from the show for four nights only, July 19-22, at 7pm.

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Tear a Root from the Earth

Music by Johnny Walsh with Qais Essar and Gramophonic
Lyrics by Johnny Walsh
Book by John Bair
Directed by Marina McClure

Tear a Root from the Earth is a new musical that combines American and Afghan music traditions to tell the story of an Afghan family as it deals with repetitive foreign intervention, first by the Soviets in the 1980s, and then by the Americans in the 21st century. The piece is epic in scope and sound, creating an experience through which audiences can build emotional connections and develop deep understandings of the actions and motivations of the Afghan people that many know only from gory images and devastating headlines. In so doing, we encourage audiences to explore the West’s connection with Afghanistan. 

Tear a Root from the Earth is a collaboration between composers Johnny Walsh and world-renowned Afghan rabab virtuoso Qais Essar, arranged by and for celebrated Americana band Gramophonic.