CPS Presents Award-Winning Staging of 'The Kite Runner' at SUNY Potsdam


Actor Sorab Wadia performs numerous roles in the American Place Theatre adaptation of “The Kite Runner,” presented by Community Performance Series on March 11 at SUNY Potsdam.

Community Performance Series will present an inspiring stage adaptation of “The Kite Runner” on Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The award-winning American Place Theatre “Literature to Life” production of “The Kite Runner” will feature 50 minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel of the same title.

A post-performance discussion led by “Literature to Life” master teaching artist Margot Fitzsimmons will be offered on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center, located in SUNY Potsdam’s Satterlee Hall. This interactive discussion will allow members of the audience to explore the prevalent themes of the piece and is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Through the eyes of young Amir, the story’s protagonist, attendees can expect to hear an enthralling tale of friendship and heartbreaking betrayal, as Amir attempts to navigate childhood. Taking place in Afghanistan during the 1970s, the story utilizes original Afghan music and depicts extreme class divisions to immerse the audience in a culturally rich experience. Featuring upwards of eight characters, each authentically represented by a single virtuosic performer, “The Kite Runner” has become one of the favorites among audiences across the nation.

The American Place Theatre’s “Literature to Life” pieces are professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. These educational and literacy-based programs enable audience members to access literature by bringing artistic masterpieces to life. “Literature to Life” has already provided a catalyst for learning and self-expression for over 325,000 students nationwide. The American Place Theatre, having received more than 30 Obies (Off-Broadway’s highest honor) and 16 Audelco recognition awards, has been a birthing place for artistic endeavors joining literature and live performance for 48 years.

Tickets to this event are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the CPS Box Office on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music and Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.

This event is part of the CPS Share a Story Book Drive, a season-long book drive to benefit area school libraries. Community members are encouraged to donate a new or gently used hard cover copy of their favorite book. Donations will be accepted at the event, as well as during normal box office hours. All donations accepted will enter patrons into a drawing to win a pair of season tickets to both the 2013-14 CPS Guest Artist Series and Meet the Arts Series.

Established in 1989, CPS is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations.

For more information, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.