Professor Matthew Spangler’s play, The Kite Runner, opens at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston next week. The play, adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s highly-acclaimed 2003 novel about an Afghan boy and his father who flee Afghanistan first for Pakistan and then to Fremont, California. In a recent article in Boston.com, Professor Spangler had this to say about his play:
“One thing I came to really love about this book as I was writing this play was that it has a wonderful degree of humanity, and it’s very unapologetic about that,” playwright Matthew Spangler says by phone from California. “There’s hardly a cynical beat in the book or in the play, and I thought it was worthwhile to tell that story in a time of deep cynicism.”
The play’s world premiere was at the San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2009.