Matthew Spangler's The Kite Runner, adapted from Khaled Hosseini's novel, completes its limited engagement at Broadway's Hayes Theater October 30. Previews began July 6 for the U.K. transfer, which opened July 21.
The story follows Amir, played by Amir Arison (The Blacklist), from childhood in Kabul, Afghanistan to adulthood. As a young boy, Amir finds ways of escaping the terrible events unfolding around him, but as he grows up, he must face his past—and tries to find atonement.
Joining Arison in the current cast are Faran Tahir, Mazin Akar, Barzin Akhavan, Demosthenes Chrysan, Azita Ghanizada, Danish Farooqui, Joe Joseph, Déa Julien, Beejan Land, Amir Malaklou, Christine Mirzayan, Haris Pervaiz, Alex Purcell, Eric Sirakian, Houshang Touzie, and Evan Zes. Percussionist Salar Nader plays the tabla.
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Rounding out the company are Christine Mirzayan in the ensemble and Salar Nader playing the tabla, a percussion instrument. Understudies include Demosthenes Chrysan, Joe Joseph, Dea Julien, Christine Mirzayan, Haris Pervaiz, and Alex Purcell.
Giles Croft directs, having previously directed the production in the U.K., and is joined on the creative team by scenic and costume designer Barney George, lighting designer Charles Balfour, sound designer Drew Baumohl, projection designer William Simpson, composer and musical supervisor Jonathan Girling, movement director Kitty Winter, casting director Laura Stanczyk, cultural advisor and script consultant Humaira Ghilzai, and associate director Damian Sandys.
The production arrived on Broadway following its premiere in the U.K., including two runs in London’s West End. It isproduced 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 serves as executive producer.
Dramatic Publishing has acquired the work for licensing, and a North American tour has been announced for 2024. Details for the tour including stops, dates, and casting will be announced at a later date.
Check out production photos of The Kite Runner on Broadway below.