A Thousand Splendid Suns
January 17 – March 1, 2020
Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Directed by Carey Perloff
“Gorgeously captivating performance.”
Adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner), the lives of two Afghan women are inextricably bound together. In the war-ravaged Kabul, Miriam and Laila become unlikely allies in the face of the insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life. Hopes of a new life lead to an unselfish and shocking decision, changing the course of their futures forever. Called “emotionally stirring” (Los Angeles Times), this gripping and heart-rending fight for survival will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is generously sponsored by Beth Newburger Schwartz and Michele and Allan Berman.
A Thousand Splendid Suns runs approximately two and a half hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
This production contains simulated explosions/strobe, atmospheric effects including smoke and haze, violence and adult content.
JUSTIN XAVIER POYDRAS
URSULA RANI SARMA
CHRISTI B. SPANN
In The News
Dramatizing Khaled Hosseini’s Novel A Thousand Splendid Suns Into a Lyrical Play About Female Friendship and Resilience
In A Thousand Splendid Suns, a searing indictment of the Taliban’s treatment of women
Voice of America
Haysam Kadri and Lanna Joffrey talk about bringing A Thousand Splendid Suns to the stage
MD Theatre Guide
‘A Quick 5’ with Hend Ayoub of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage
Fairfax County Times
Arena Stage presents East Coast premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns
DC Metro Theater Arts
Behind the lines: A talk with Hend Ayoub
How a play about the Taliban’s oppression of women manages to be both harrowing and hopeful
Courageous daughters in A Thousand Splendid Suns inspire us
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Haysam Kadri chats about timeliness of A Thousand Splendid Suns
Photo Flash: A Thousand Splendid Suns Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage
Photo Flash: First Look at A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage
BWW Interview: Haysam Kadri of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage
Brightest Young Things
Behind the Scenes: A Thousand Splendid Suns @ Arena Stage
DC Theatre Scene
Family man Haysam Kadri on playing the villain in the Afghan play A Thousand Splendid Suns
Photo Flash: A Thousand Splendid Suns Begins Rehearsals At Arena Stage
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Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m.
Post-Show Discussions with Cast Members
Tuesday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m.
Facilitated Post-Show Audience Discussions*
Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m.
Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 at 8 p.m.
*These discussions are facilitated by academic experts Marya Hannun (Doctoral Candidate in Islamic Studies, Georgetown University) and Jeremy Mayer (Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University).
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase