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Title
The kite runner
Author
Matt Spangler
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20161221

I became what I am today at the age of twelve.
I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a mud wall on a frigid winter day in 1975 . . . looking into a deserted alley.
It's wrong what they say about the past, about how you can bury it, because the past claws its way out. I realize I've been looking into that alley for the last 26 years.
Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two
childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It's a beautiful afternoon
in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite
flying tournament. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the terrible
incident which will shatter their lives forever.Khaled Hosseini's first and international best-selling novel has now been adapted into a stunning stage adaptation by Matthew Spangler.This edition was published for the production at Wyndham's Theatre, London, from 21 December 2016.

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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
were international bestsellers, published in thirty-four countries. In
2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee
Agency. He lives in northern California.

Matthew Spangler
is a playwright, director, and professor of Performance
Studies based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His adaptation of Khaled
Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner received five San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards including Best Original Script. His other plays include Tortilla Curtain,
adapted from the novel by T.C. Boyle, which received an Edgerton
Foundation New American Play Award, as well as being a finalist for the
San Diego Theatre Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play; Albatross based
on the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which received Boston's Elliot
Norton Theatre Awards for Outstanding Production by a Small Theatre and
Outstanding Solo Performance. Other works include one-person shows of
James Joyce's Dubliners and Finnegans Wake; A Paradise It Seems, an adaptation of John Cheever's short stories; Mozart!,
a musical theatre adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's letters; as
well as stage adaptations of John Steinbeck's fiction; Ernest
Hemingway's short stories; Clyde Edgerton's Where Trouble Sleeps; and Thomas Wolfe's The Lost Boy.
He has also written articles on the adaptation of literature for the
stage, Irish theatre, and intercultural theatre that have appeared in
numerous journals and books. His book Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives
(co-edited with Charlotte McIvor) was published by Cork University
Press in 2014. Matthew Spangler is Professor of Performance Studies at
San Jos State University in California.

Hosseini's ability to reach the core of experiences of love and loss
places him in the company of such fine chroniclers of the new America as
Chang-rae Lee. The Kite Runner is a first novel of unusual generosity,
honesty and compassion.
Guardian

A devastating, masterful and painfully honest story ... It is a novel
of great hidden intricacy and wisdom, like a timeless Eastern tale. It
speaks the most harrowing truth about the power of evil
Daily Telegraph

The shattering first novel by Khaled Hosseini ... a rich and
soul-searching narrative ... a sharp, unforgettable taste of the trauma
and tumult experienced by Afghanis as their country buckled
Observer

But the play is a phenomenally powerful piece of theatre which for many people will portray Afghanistan in a totally new light
British Theatre Guide on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of 'The Kite Runner'

An accomplished adaptation by Matthew Spangler ... This show, a European premiere, stands shoulder to shoulder with the best work in the regions and judging by the thronging auditorium ... [they have] a hit on [their] hands that deserves to travel the country beyond its scheduled stops of Brighton and Liverpool
Daily Telegraph on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

Matthew Spangler's dramatisation, worked on with Hosseini's help and blessing, rightly seizes on the potent personal story at the heart of the novel: the tale of two boys, Amir and his father's servant Hassan, brought up as near brothers in the same house. The staging traces their story simply and vivaciously
Financial Times on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

An enthralling tale beautifully told, at once topical and emotionally resonant
Daily Telegraph on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

Matthew Spangler's script . . . preserves Hosseini's sensitive portrait of a friendship marred by tribalism and betrayal.
Evening Standard on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel [has] been transformed into a seriously good piece of storytelling theatre that takes flight just as the onstage kites do . . . This stage adaptation . . . is that rare and magnificent thing: a real sleeper hit . . . it feels in the tradition of War horse and could well be the best page-to-stage show since then . . . it has a similar integrity that speaks of a real commitment by its creative team to telling this story with an unforced economy that is also full of emotional weight. Matthew Spangler's adaptation offers a gripping portrait of two young lives that become inextricably linked.
Stage on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

The touching story of the novel is carried on stage by the turbulent ups and downs, echoing the ducking and diving of a fighting kite that will come up winning.
Independent on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

Adaptor Matthew Spangler has admirably condensed Hosseini's epic novel . . . there is no sense of constriction . . . Spangler skilfully balances the scenes in Asia with those of the Afghan refugees seeking to maintain their dignity and culture in the West.
Sunday Express on Matthew Spangler's adaptation of "The Kite Runner"

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Kites - Competitions - Afghanistan - Drama.|Teenage boys - Afghanistan - Drama.|Afghanistan - Social conditions - 20th century - Drama.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
100

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