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  • Photo of Sorab Wadia performing in The Kite Runner.

The American Place Theatre’s
Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7:30 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Based on the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, the stage adaptation of The Kite Runner portrays the relationship of two boys — Amir, a privileged Pashtun, and Hassan, a Hazara servant. This Literature to Life® award winner, adapted and directed by Wynn Handman, features one hour of verbatim performance from the first third of Khaled Hosseini’s poignant best-seller. The one-actor show, performed by Sorab Wadia, mirrors the original short story written by the author and uses original Afghani music as a backdrop. Through the eyes of Amir, the young protagonist, the actor takes audiences on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society marked by severe class division. The actor portrays eight fully realized characters during the virtuosic performance.

The Kite Runner includes mature themes. Parental discretion is advised.

Artistic Viewpoints is not offered before The Kite Runner, but a discussion between the actor and audience members follows the performance.

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab.

sponsors
Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown

Penn State Reads logo
This event is part of Penn State Reads, a new collaborative initiative for first-year University Park students. The common reading program is designed to provide a shared experience among new students, encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper connection to Penn State’s mission and core values.

Adult $24
University Park Student $10
18 and Younger $15

Create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount — by purchasing together tickets to four or more Center for the Performing Arts presentations.

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Intergenerational Discussions About The Kite Runner

8:00 am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

State College Area High School North Building

The public is welcome to participate in two free intergenerational book discussions about The Kite Runner novel. The discussions — two hours each — are scheduled for the State College Area High School North Building. Each discussion is a collaboration among State High English students, the Penn State Intergenerational Program (rooted in Penn State Extension), the Penn State College of Health and Human Development’s Center for Healthy Aging, and the Center for the Performing Arts. State High culinary students will provide refreshments. Contact Medora Ebersole, at mde13@psu.edu or 814-863-6752, by Friday, October 4, to register, get directions, learn about ways to obtain the book, and receive a handout on intergenerational conversations about war, conflict, reconciliation, and peace.

Intergenerational Discussions About The Kite Runner

8:00 am Tuesday, October 22, 2013

State College Area High School North Building

The public is welcome to participate in two free intergenerational book discussions about The Kite Runner novel. The discussions — two hours each — are scheduled for the State College Area High School North Building. Each discussion is a collaboration among State High English students, the Penn State Intergenerational Program (rooted in Penn State Extension), the Penn State College of Health and Human Development’s Center for Healthy Aging, and the Center for the Performing Arts. State High culinary students will provide refreshments. Contact Medora Ebersole, at mde13@psu.edu or 814-863-6752, by Friday, October 4, to register, get directions, learn about ways to obtain the book, and receive a handout on intergenerational conversations about war, conflict, reconciliation, and peace.