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Courageous Voices

A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Credits

    Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
    Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
    Directed by Carey Perloff

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

Gorgeously captivating performance.

 BroadwayWorld.com

Emotionally Stirring!

Los Angeles Times

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.

Cast

HEND AYOUB

Mariam

SARAH COREY

Ensemble

LANNA JOFFREY

Fariba / Nana

HAYSAM KADRI

Rasheed / Fight Captain

JOSEPH KAMAL

Babi / Zaman / Interrogator

JASON KAPOOR

Wakil

MIRIAN KATRIB

Laila

RAVI MAMPARA

Zalmai

JUSTIN XAVIER POYDRAS

Zalmai

YOUSOF SULTANI

Ensemble

NIKITA TEWANI

Aziza

ANTOINE YARED

Tariq / Driver

Creative

URSULA RANI SARMA

Playwright

KHALED HOSSEINI

Original Book

CAREY PERLOFF

Director

STEPHEN BUESCHER

Choreographer

DAVID COULTER

Composer

KEN MACDONALD

Set Designer

LINDA CHO

Costume Designer

ROBERT WIERZEL

Lighting Designer

JAKE RODRIGUEZ

Sound Designer

HAYSAM KADRI

Associate Director

ANITA MAYNARD-LOSH

Vocal Coach

DANI BAE

Stage Manager

CHRISTI B. SPANN

Stage Manager

MARNE ANDERSON

Assistant Stage manager

Multimedia

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" at Arena Stage
Meet the Women of "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
"A Thousand Splendid Suns" at Arena Stage
Carey Perloff introduces "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
Photo of Nikita Tewani, Sarah Corey and Antoine Yared by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Joseph Kamal, Lanna Joffrey and Mirian Katrib by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Haysam Kadri and Mirian Katrib by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Haysam Kadri, Mirian Katrib and Hend Ayoub by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Hend Ayoub by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Hend Ayoub and Mirian Katrib by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Mirian Katrib and Hend Ayoub by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Mirian Katrib and Joseph Kamal by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Hend Ayoub and Jason Kapoor by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Lanna Joffrey and Hend Ayoub by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Hend Ayoub and Mirian Katrib by Margot Schulman.
Photo of Mirian Katrib, Nikita Tewani, Hend Ayoub and Ravi Mampara by Margot Schulman.

In The News

Culture Vulture

Q & A with Lanna Joffrey

Playbill

Dramatizing Khaled Hosseini’s Novel A Thousand Splendid Suns Into a Lyrical Play About Female Friendship and Resilience

Washington Post

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

Washington Post

How a play about the Taliban’s oppression of women manages to be both harrowing and hopeful

Forbes

Courageous daughters in A Thousand Splendid Suns inspire us

Broadway World

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage

Radio Sputnik

Haysam Kadri chats about timeliness of A Thousand Splendid Suns

Broadway World

Photo Flash: A Thousand Splendid Suns Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage

Broadway World

Photo Flash: First Look at A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage

Broadway World

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

Broadway World

Photo Flash: A Thousand Splendid Suns Begins Rehearsals At Arena Stage

Broadway World

Arena Stage Announces Cast and Creative for A Thousand Splendid Suns

Accessible Performances

Closed Captioning
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Open Captioning
Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

Audio Description
Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m.

Events

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).

Southwest Night
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase

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