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A Thousand Splendid Suns Returns to American Conservatory Theatre

Performances have begun for the return engagement of Ursula Rani Sarma's play, adapted from the novel by Khaled Hosseini.

Joseph Kamal, Antoine Yared, and Nadine Malouf star in the return engagement of A Thousand Splendid Suns at the American Conservatory Theater's Geary Theater.
(© Jim Cox)

Performances of American Conservatory Theater's limited two-week return engagement of A Thousand Splendid Suns began Tuesday, July 17. Running through July 29, A Thousand Splendid Suns returns to A.C.T. as part of a West Coast tour that includes runs at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Under the direction of Carey Perloff, the cast of A Thousand Splendid Suns features Rinabeth Apostol, Denmo Ibrahim, Lanna Joffrey, Haysam Kadri, Joseph Kamal, Jason Kapoor, Nadine Malouf, Sunil Mukherjee Maurillo, Kunal Prasad, Nikita Tewani, Antoine Yared, and Andres Zamora.

Set amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past. 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. Adapted for the stage by acclaimed Irish Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning production reunites many of the original cast members and will, once again, feature live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.

The creative team for A Thousand Splendid Suns includes Ken MacDonald (set designer), Linda Cho (costume designer), Robert Wierzel (lighting designer), Jake Rodriguez (sound designer), Stephen Buescher (choreographer), and David Coulter (composer and musician).