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Production: 'Peace of War' (See both roles)

General Shah (Lead)

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Production Details

Casting "Peace of War" in which a young solider in the Afghan Northern Army contemplates the future of his country while being taught the "game" of chess by an idealistic General.

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Male, ages 30-75, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern

Role Description

General Shah: (Lead) must be fluent in Farsi. General Shah comes from the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan. His father was a commander in the Royal Army of Afghanistan. He attended Kabul University in 1970 and majored in Political Science. Shah was a gifted student, mastering Persian, French, Urdu, and Pashto. As Communism began its rise, he was one of the few students who shunned the movement in public. Numerous attempts on his life were made. When the Soviet troops invaded in 1979, he planned to use guerilla warfare against them. The first task was to establish a popularly based resistance force that had the loyalty of the people. The second phase was "active defense" of the Panjshir stronghold, while carrying out asymmetric warfare. He set up an administration system for the ranks of his soldiers. The Soviet army and the Afghan communist army were mainly defeated by Shah and his army in numerous small engagements between 1984 and 1988. In the aftermaths of the war, he held a brief position as Defense Chief in the newly appointed Afghan Government. The Taliban, backed by the Pakistani government, slowly gained ground against Shah and his troops. Shah is highly respected by Afghans, his soldiers, and even his enemies.