September 2019 | Volume 183


A Thousand Splendid Suns
By Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini
Arts Club Theatre Company
In partnership with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Sept. 12-Oct. 13
From $29 or 604-687-1644

The Arts Club’s 2019–2020 season opens at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage with A Thousand Splendid Suns, the hauntingly beautiful play by Ursula Rani Sarma based on the best-selling book by Khaled Hosseini. Following its run in Vancouver, the show will play at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in the spring.

In this sweeping tale set in war-torn Afghanistan, two women’s lives intersect through fate. The unlikely but extraordinary friendship of Laila (Anita Majumdar) and Mariam (Deena Aziz) helps them cope with the tyranny and tumult of life in 1990s Kabul—and leads them to an unforgettable act. A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the best-selling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, is a haunting yet hopeful story that illuminates the strength of the human spirit.

The Arts Club’s production is based on the American Conservatory Theater’s production, which had its world premiere in San Francisco (co-presented with Theatre Calgary) in 2017 and became one of the best-selling shows in the A.C.T.’s history. Now featuring an all-Canadian cast with the original staging by Carey Perloff, it will be directed by Haysam Kadri, who starred in the original production. 

Kadri says, “Performing in the premiere of Ursula Rani Sarma’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s masterful novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was unquestionably a highlight in my career as an actor. As an actor in this play, it was my job to hold a mirror up and shine a light on a very dark world and to trust that our audience would be with me on the journey. Now as a director, being a part of shaping a story and finding the nuance from the other side of the table, it’s been my desire to step away from the story for some time to revisit why the play’s message carries such currency.”

“Gripping! There’s no denying the play’s power” —Huffington Post

Anousha Alamian (Rasheed), Abraham Asto (Tariq/Driver/Militiaman), Deena Aziz (Mariam), Shaheem Fathhi (Zalmai/Boy), Arggy Jenati (Nana/Fariba/Doctor), Anita Majumdar (Laila), Shekhar Paleja (Jalil/Abdul/Sharif/Wakil/Talib 1), Veenu Sandhu (Ensemble), Munish Sharma (Babi/Interrogator/Mullah/Faizullah), Parm Soor (Ensemble), Ziyana Vasaya (Aziza/Girl) 

Haysam Kadri (Director), Carey Perloff (Original Staging), Stephen Buescher (Choreographer), Marc R. Bondy* (Assistant Director), Ken MacDonald (Set Designer), Linda Cho (Costume Designer), Alison Green (Costume Coordinator), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer), Andrew Griffen (Associate Lighting Designer), David Coulter (Composer/Original Musician), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), Verne Good (Associate Sound Designer), Caryn Fehr (Stage Manager), Geoff Jones (Assistant Stage Manager), Sharon Wu (Apprentice Stage Manager), Michael Paller (Original Dramaturg), Jonathan Rider (Original Fight Consultant), Humaira Ghilzai (Original Cultural Consultant)

*The services of Marc Bondy were made possible through Theatre Ontario's Professional Theatre Training Program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

September 12–October 13, 2019 (Media opening: September 18)
Tue–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat & Sun at 2 PM

The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, and engages students and artists alike through educational and professional programs.

Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White.





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