Khaled Hosseini created my first cultural consulting gig in 2009. A theater company was staging the first production of his novel The Kite Runner and he wanted the play to feel authentic. Naturally, when a friend and international bestselling author asks me to help, I say, “Yes!” I jumped in and have since consulted on nine stage productions, several scripts and a Hollywood film.
As a Cultural Consultant, my main goal is to bring cultural literacy for authentic portrayal of Afghan people, their customs and the Dari language. I hack away at stereotypes and generalizations, and spend a great deal of time explaining Afghanistan’s history so there is a better understanding of why Afghans pray differently from Saudis, or how Afghans communicate with their body, and how 35 years of war has affected the Afghan people’s mindset.
In the past year and half, I've been part of a group of highly talented and visionary team who have worked closely to move the story of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS from pages of a book to an awe inspiring play for stage. Please join me in the month of February to see this production.
Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Original music written and performed by David Coulter
Directed by Carey Perloff
A coproduction with Theatre Calgary
Synopsis: A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women who are bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past, 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.
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater in San Francisco, February 1- 26. Tickets for San Francisco can be purchased here.
Theatre Calgary, March 7-April1. Tickets for Calgary can be purchase here.
From February 1-12, use the KHFOUNDATION promo code and the theater will donate $10 per ticket to The Khaled Hosseini foundation which not only supports women’s education in Afghanistan, but they are closely affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).