Thursday, February 2, 2017

Theatre Calgary's A Thousand Splendid Suns & The Journeys of Many

Theatre Calgary strives to connect their productions to the everyday lives of citizens of Calgary and as a part of this initiative they are hoping to share stories of Calgarian immigrant women in conjunction with their upcoming run of A Thousand Splendid Suns. The play is based on Khaled Hosseini novel, a story that takes place in war-torn Afghanistan, where two women are brought together by fate.

Theatre Calgary has put out a call for immigrant women, who are living in Calgary and who would be interested in being interviewed about their journey to Canada. These interviews would be recorded, transcribed, summarized, and shared in a visual display in the Theatre Calgary lobby during the run of A Thousand Splendid Suns. In return, they would welcome each person who participates, as well as a guest, to see the show as a thank-you for sharing their stories.

Whether it be 1 year or 20, there is no preference for how long women have been in the country, as the goal of the initiative is to tell the stories of their journeys that brought them to Canada, and how they’ve made a life for themselves here in Calgary.

Khaled Hosseini, author of the haunting, and almost overwhelmingly impactful The Kite Runner (2003) followed this enormous success with A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007). A decade after its publication, the stage adaptation could not be better timed, as it is a reminder of our shared humanity.

The play is having its world premiere in San Francisco during a climate of intensified Islamophobia. With an American Presidential campaign fuelled by extremely divisive rhetoric, the controversial travel ban that followed and the recent act or terror in Quebec, stories that reveal universal human needs and impulses could not be more relevant.

CFN salutes Theatre Calgary for bringing such stories to our city and would also like to thank them for graciously donating tickets for the silent auction at our CFN Fundraiser March 4th. And if you, or someone you know, would like to share the story of your journey to Canada please contact us at info.centrefornewcomers.ca.  

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