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Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), currently celebrating its 50th anniversary subscription season, presents the world-premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns (now through February 26, 2017). BroadwayWorld has a look at the cast in action below!

The epic story of three generations of Afghan women who are bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Strong-willed Laila, unmarried and pregnant, is forced to marry her older neighbor when her family and home are torn apart. In her new home, she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her husband's first wife, and together the two women find the hope and strength to raise a new generation.

Adapted for the stage by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning new production will feature live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter (who was last seen at A.C.T. in 2004 as the band leader in the acclaimed production, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets). Hosseini (The Kite Runner, And the Mountains Echoed), who resides in the Bay Area, has been intimately involved in the production.

Under the direction of A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff, A Thousand Splendid Suns features an international cast of actors, including (in alphabetical order) Barzin Akhavan, Denmo Ibrahim, Haysam Kadri, Jason Kapoor, Pomme Koch, Nadine Malouf, Kate Rigg, and Nikita Tewani.

The creative team for A Thousand Splendid Suns includes Ken MacDonald (Set Designer), Linda Cho (Costume Designer), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), David Coulter (Composer/Musician), and Humaira Ghilzai (Cultural Consultant).

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a co-production with Theatre Calgary. Press night will be held tonight, February 8, 2017. Single tickets (ranging from $20-$105) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org.

Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

high res photos Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Laila (Nadine Malouf, right) and her parents (Barzin Akhavan and Denmo Ibrahim) prepare to flee their home in Kabul Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Laila (Nadine Malouf, R) agrees to marry Rasheed (Haysam Kadri), as Rasheed’s wife, Mariam (Kate Rigg) watches on Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
A pregnant Laila (Nadine Malouf) is embraced by her husband Rasheed (Haysam Kadri) i Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Mariam (Kate Rigg, seated) is comforted by her mother (Denmo Ibrahim) Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Mariam (Kate Rigg, seated) holds Laila’s (Nadine Malouf) newborn child Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
An interrogator (Barzin Akhavan, left) questions Laila (Nadine Malouf) about her travel plans Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
A furious Rasheed (Haysam Kadri) yells at Laila (Nadine Malouf, left) and Mariam (Kate Rigg) Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Mariam (Kate Rigg, left) and Laila (Nadine Malouf, center) look on as Zalmai (Neel Noronha), Laila’s son, gives his sister Aziza (Nikita Tewani) a soccer ball Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Laila (Nadine Malouf) speaks privately with Tariq (Pomme Koch) Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
A man (Barzin Akhavan) gives Laila (Nadine Malouf, right) a tour of Mariam’s home town. In background: Aziza (Nikita Tewani), Tariq (Pomme Koch, center), and Zalmai (Neel Noronha) Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS Opens Tonight at A.C.T.
Composer and musician David Coulter (right) performs a live score

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