‘The Kite Runner’ is coming to Broadway
A stage adaptation of the best-selling novel “The Kite Runner” will premiere on Broadway in July.
The play, which began life in California in 2007 and has been widely produced since, is slated for a limited run, July 6 through October 30.
The announcement is encouraging news for Broadway, which has been plagued with closures as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rock the industry. But there remain many producers with the appetite and funding to bring new shows to Broadway as others wind down their runs.
The novel “Kite Runner”, written by Khaled Hosseini and published in 2003, is a coming-of-age story about an Afghan-born man whose life is haunted by his inability to protect a childhood friend. The novel, a surprise hit, sold millions of copies worldwide, and was adapted for the cinema in 2007.
The theatrical adaptation was written by Matthew Spangler and was first staged in 2007 at San José State University, where Spangler teaches performance studies. It had its first professional production in 2009 at the San Jose Repertory Theater, which no longer exists, and has since been staged in several countries around the world.
The Broadway version will be directed by Giles Croft, who has directed productions of the play since 2013, when he oversaw a run for Britain’s Nottingham Playhouse; he has since directed productions in the West End and toured Britain.
The play is set to be performed at the Hayes Theatre, which, with 600 seats, is the smallest on Broadway. The theater is owned by the non-profit organization Second Stage Theatre, which will lease the space to “The Kite Runner”.
The main producers are Victoria Lang and Ryan Bogner; Daryl Roth will serve as executive producer. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the producers are looking to raise up to $5.75 million, but a spokesperson said Broadway’s actual capitalization would likely be closer to $4.6 million. dollars.