The Most Dangerous Highway in the World

by Kevin Artigue

A fearless eight-year old businessman makes his living directing traffic with a soda bottle on the highway connecting Jalalabad to Kabul. Soldiers, accidents, and ghosts are no match for this little fighter with a knack for surviving the toughest challenges. Inspired by a New York Times article about the real-life “Pepsi bottle boys” of Afghanistan, this poetic play introduces an up-and-coming writer of great promise.

Kevin Artigue is a graduate of Public Theater’s prestigious Emerging Writers Group and the first playwright of non-Middle Eastern descent to be produced on the Golden Thread mainstage. He has been developing this play with Golden Thread for three years, including as part of the 2014 National New Play Network’s showcase.

May 6, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Thick House

1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Written by Kevin Artigue

Directed by Evren Odcikin

Videos by Peter Ruocco. Photos used in video by Mauricio Lima for the New York Times and Zalmai Ahad.


Poignant, poetic, and chilling… A strong addition to Golden Thread’s repertory of new work about the Middle East.” —San Francisco Examiner

A superb performance from young Kiran Patel, who carries the entire drama with his exuberance and his deeply felt connection with Traffic.” —Theater Dogs

A lean, fast-moving narrative well delivered by a strong ensemble.” —San Mateo Daily News

“Golden Thread Productions continues to bring us wonderful new stories and push theatre in a more diverse and inclusive direction.” —VMedia

The acting is terrific… Director Evren Odcikin adroitly handles the change of pace from reality to fantasy.” —For All Events

BEST OF 2016: A tale of resilience inspired by the real-life “Pepsi-bottle boys” of Afghanistan” —VMedia

In the Press

Evren Odcikin and Humaira Ghilzai speak about the show on Arts-Waves on KPFA

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Highway is a Theatre Bay Area Editor’s Pick

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The Do List recommends Highway

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Resilience and Hope in Afghanistan

by Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director

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Capturing the Feeling of Afghanistan

by Courtney Flores, Costume Designer

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In Tom Hanks’ Seat

by Walid Azad, Production Assistant

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Cast & Crew

Kevin Artigue


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Evren Odcikin


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Sofia Ahmad


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Jiya Khanna

Little Girl

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Terry Lamb


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Kiran Patel


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Louel Señores


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Davern Wright


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Sound Designer: James Ard, Make-up Designer: Kenan Arun, Scenic Designer: Kate Boyd, Technical Director: Dave Garner, Production Coordinator: Michael Cavanaugh, Assistant Stage Manager: Naseem Etemad, Costume Designer: Courtney Flores, Cultural Consultant: Humaira Ghilzai, Stage Manager: Marie Shell, Fight Choreographer: Carla Pantoja, Properties Designer: Lizabeth Stanley, Acting Coach for young actors: Valerie Weak, Production Assistant: Walid Azad, Lighting Designer: Cassie Barnes

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