By Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
With Owais Ahmed, Mark Cuddy, and Mari Vial-Golden
Dr. Harold Banks is a retired professor of Comparative Literature and Afghan Studies, waiting for his adopted daughter to return from teaching in Afghanistan, her native country. When Nazrullah, an Afghan refugee, suddenly arrives on his Nebraska doorstep armed only with his daughter's copies of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Old Man and the Sea — the two men become unlikely roommates. Set in both Maidan Shar, Afghanistan, and Omaha, Nebraska, HEARTLAND is the story of a father, his determined daughter, and a journey towards mercy.
Associate Director - Gulshan Mia
Scenic Design - Meredith Ries
Costume Design - Dina El-Aziz
Lighting Design - Seth Reiser
Sound Design - Kate Marvin
Dramaturg - Jenni Werner
Cultural Advisor and Script Consultant - Humaira Ghilzai
Fight and Intimacy Coordinator - Rocío Mendez
Stage Manager - Veronica Aglow
Stage Coordinator - Codey Leroy Butler
Casting Directors - Paul Fouquet, Karie Koppel
Read more at: https://gevatheatre.org/
"...a powerful and moving story with just the right touches of charm."
"...an unforgettable chronicle of love, culture, and humanity." — Broadway World
"It shines a light on a dark corner of geopolitical history that is very much worth knowing" — TheaterMania
"Hope blooms even in the darkest and cruelest of times in HEARTLAND." — OffOffOnline
"Mark Cuddy [gives] an outstanding performance, in turn funny, arrogant, and tormented over the course of the play"
"Owais Ahmed [is] equally wonderful as the upbeat and appealing heart of the play" — Talkin' Broadway
"[Mari] Vial-Golden shines throughout... She has a special spark that brings the play to another level." — Asbury Park Press