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‘The Kite Runner’ Comes To Broadway This Summer For Limited Run

Image provided by The Kite Runner
Image provided by The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, a new play with music based on Khaled Hosseini’s internationally best-selling novel, will play a limited run at Broadway’s Hayes Theater this summer. The production comes to New York from two seasons in London’s West End where it was called “a cultural phenomenon” by The Sunday Express and “an enthralling tale beautifully told” by The Daily Telegraph.

Performances will begin on July 6; opening night is July 21 and it will run through October 30.  

The Kite Runner is directed by Giles Croft and adapted by Matthew Spangler. Humaira Ghilzai is Cultural Consultant. It is produced by Victoria Lang, Ryan Bogner and Tracey McFarland of Broadway & Beyond Theatricals and Jayne Baron Sherman in association with UK Productions Ltd. and Flying Entertainment Ltd/Kilimanjaro Group Ltd. Daryl Roth is the executive producer.  

Originally published in 2003, The Kite Runner became a bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. Now this powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production.

The Kite Runner is a haunting tale of friendship spanning cultures and continents, that follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever. 

The Kite Runner was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.  

Matthew Spangler’s plays have been produced on London’s West End (at Wyndham’s Theatre and the Playhouse, off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres, at the Arizona Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, San José Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre in Boston, Theatre Calgary, Dubai Opera House, Dublin Theatre Festival, Carthage Theatre Festival Tunisia, Avignon Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Israel, India, Pakistan, and Russia.

In addition to The Kite Runner, his plays includeAlbatross, based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”; Operation Ajax about the CIA coup in Iran in 1953; Striking Back about the Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike in Ireland; Tortilla Curtain from the novel by T.C. Boyle; The Story of Zahra from the novel by Hanan al-Shaykh; The Forgotten Empress about the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan; and Shady Hills from the short stories of John Cheever.  

Matthew is [rofessor of Performance Studies at San José State University in California, where he teaches courses in immigration studies and adaptation of literature for the stage. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Northwestern University.

Khaled Hosseini (original book author) was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1980, after the Soviet invasion of his birthplace, Khaled and his family were granted political asylum in the U.S. Khaled studied medicine and practiced as a physician in California until 2004, after which he dedicated himself to writing. He is the author of The Kite RunnerA Thousand Splendid Suns, and other books. He has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, since 2006.  In 2008, he launched The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. He lives in CA.

Giles Croft (director) was appointed artistic director of the Gate Theatre, London in 1985. In 1989 he joined The National Theatre as literary manager before becoming artistic director of the Palace Theatre, Watford and was then artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse. He has directed more than 60 productions; his most recent include The Kite Runner, Any Means Necessary, Tony’s Last Tape, Arcadia, The Glass Menagerie, and The Cherry Orchard. He is also a playwright.

Humaira Ghilzai (cultural consultant) has been working with notable professional theatres and artists for the past 10 years. Credits include the world premieres, U.S. and UK tours of the adaptations of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns as well as The Kite Runner; Tony-winner  J.T. Roger’s Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse); Kevin Artigue’s The Most Dangerous Highway in the World (Golden Thread); Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland; Slow Falling Birds (University of San Francisco); and Zealot (South Coast Repertory). Film credits: Merry Friggin Christmas and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and short film, Away and Together.

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