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The Kite Runner at the Redfern

KEENE, N.H., 3/23/09 - The award-winning American Place Theatre will bring its Literature to Life production of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner to Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Wynn Handman, The Kite Runner is a professionally staged verbatim adaptation of Hosseini’s critically acclaimed novel.

The Kite Runner is the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English. The story dramatically portrays the relationship between two boys - Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and Hassan, a Hazara servant - brilliantly exploring the beauty and agony of their war-torn nation and the improbable friendship between two boys on the opposite ends of society.

The production at the Redfern will feature actor Sorab Wadia performing solo. A native of Bombay, India, Wadia has appeared in many roles nationally and internationally. He created the role of Hussein Al Mansour in the world première of the internationally notorious and much acclaimed Jihad: The Musical at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The video of Hussein’s show- stopping number, “I Wanna be Like Osama” is on YouTube and was heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. He also appeared to great acclaim as Al Hakim in Trevor Nunn’s national tour of Oklahoma!

The performance will include a 15-minute pre-show interactive discussion and a one-hour performance, followed by a 15-minute post-show interactive discussion. A Teacher Resource Guide is available. Please call 603-358-2171 for details.

You may read about The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life programs at

The Keene performance of The Kite Runner is made possible though the generosity of the Kingsbury Foundation.

Tickets for The Kite Runner are available through the Redfern box office (603-358-2168) or online at Ticket prices for the performance are $15 and $12 for the general public, $13 and $10 for seniors and KSC faculty and staff, $8 and $7 for youth 17 and younger, and $5 for KSC students with ID.

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