The company of The Kite Runner have started a nightly curtain-call ritual, reading out a response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order this past week banning Syrian refugees as well as all immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Worth watching and sharing.
Here’s cast member Emilio Doorgasingh giving the speech and explaining that:
“In the light of extraordinary events unfolding on the world stage at the moment, we as a company felt that we had to say something.
“The Kite Runner is about many things, one of which is the story of refugees in America. Last week an executive order from the US president banned all refugees from entering the United States, and banned all citizens, refugees or not, from seven Muslim-majority countries. Due to the nature of this play we feel it incumbent upon us to speak out against such actions.
“We, as a company, are a diverse family of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. We are Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and non-believers, but what unites us all is our belief in humanity. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, and himself a Muslim-American, came to the United States as a political refugee. He points out that this executive executive order will target mostly ‘women and children escaping years of atrocity and unspeakable suffering, but this is a time for compassion and solidarity, not divisive policy that undermines core values’. We as a company embrace these sentiments, and we hope you’ll do the same.”
On the first night of the speech this week, the entire audience, who had given the cast a standing ovation, sat down and listened in complete silence to the speech, then broke out into loud applause and cheering, with many giving the cast a further standing ovation.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film, is a powerful story of friendship spanning cultures and continents, following one man’s journey to find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan or Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever. Adapted into a stunning stage production that has already mesmerised audiences across the UK, The Kite Runner transferred to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week season at Wyndham’s Theatre to Saturday 11 March.
The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and history at a high school in Kabul. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated the Hosseini family to Paris. They were ready to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army.
The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California. Would he and his family be granted asylum in Trump’s America???
moved to San Jose, California.