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On Jan 17, 2017 A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff sat down with author Khaled Hosseini and
adapter Ursula Rani Sarma at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater to discuss transforming the bestselling novel
for the stage. Listen to their full conversation:

On Feb 7, 2017, A.C.T.’s resident dramaturg Michael Paller and playwright Ursula Rani Sarma
sat down before the performance of A Thousand Splendid Suns to discuss the process of adapting
the novel for stage and answer questions from the audiences at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (brought to
you by KDFC, the Bay Area’s listener-supported classical radio station):

A.C.T. Publications Associate Shannon Stockwell interviews novelist Khaled Hosseini about
his bestselling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns and its journey to the stage:



The Cast of Suns on Why This Play Matters Now

Before Suns's limited two-week run, we spoke to three of the cast members to hear what this moving story means to them.

by Taylor Steinbeck
July 27, 2018

Walking in Their Shoes: An Interview with Cultural Consultant Humaira Ghilzai

“The main role of a cultural consultant is to. . . create an authentic portrayal of Afghan people.” During the development of Suns, we spoke with Ghilzai to get her insight into Afghan culture.

by Elspeth Sweatman
July 20, 2018

The Cast on the Radiant Return of A Thousand Splendid Suns

Before Suns returns next week, we spoke to the original cast about taking the show on tour and reprising their roles back in the place where it all began!

by Taylor Steinbeck
July 10, 2018

Lovely, Crazy Mirror: An Interview with Novelist Khaled Hosseini

Before rehearsals began for the origianl production ofA Thousand Splendid Suns, we spoke with Khaled Hosseini about the theater and his writing.

by Shannon Stockwell
Jan 12, 2017

An Extraordinary Journey: An Interview with Playwright Ursula Rani Sarma


“Adapting to the theater from another medium is really a collaboration from the moment you begin writing.” We caught up with Ursula Rani Sarma to talk about adaptations and Afghanistan. 

by Simon Hodgson
Jan 31, 2017

The Indescribable Beauty of the Saw: An Interview with Composer David Coulter

During workshops for A Thousand Splendid Suns, we spoke with David Coulter to learn more about sound art, saws, and the score for Suns.

by Michael Paller
Feb 3, 2017

Strong Women: Mariam and Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam and Laila must fight to hold onto their hopes and dreams in a world where violence and religious fundamentalism conspire to dash them.

by Elspeth Sweatman
Feb 7, 2017

Inside the World of A Thousand Splendid Suns

Mariam, Laila, and Rasheed—the characters at the center of A Thousand Splendid Suns, —may have begun in the mind of author Khaled Hosseini and playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, but their personalities are rooted firmly in their native Afghanistan. 

by Elspeth Sweatman
Feb 16, 2017


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Photos by Jim Cox

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