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    Thirty years of Afghanistan history provides the backdrop to The Kite Runner, which opens at Actors Theatre on Tuesday.

    All performances of The Kite Runner will take place in the Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre, located at 316 West Main Street in downtown Louisville. Performances will begin on August 31 and run every day except Mondays until September 25.

    Tickets for each performance will vary between $20 and $59, depending on the day and seat. To purchase tickets, go to the Actors Theatre website, box office, or call 502-584-1205 or 1-800-4-ATL-TIX. Due to strong language and content, the show is recommended for audiences 13 years and older.

    The Kite Runner looks at the lives of two friends during 30 years in Afghanistan. Amir, a Pushtan and member of a wealthy family, and Hassan, a Hazzara and a servant's son, become friends during childhood in Kabul. However, a situation arises that will cause Amir to betray Hassan. Amir heads to the United States only to return to Afghanistan years later to look for redemption and face his fears.

    Marc Masterson directed The Kite Runner, which is based on Khaled Hosseini's novel. The cast includes Jose Peru Flores as Young Amir, Matt Pascua as Hassan and Sohrab, and Jos Viramontes as Amir. National and internationally known tabla player Salar Nader is also in the cast.

    Besides the play, Hosseini's novel, which spent half a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, was also turned into a movie in 2007. Marc Foster directed.

    The show is part of the Brown Forman Series. More information on The Kite Runner can be found at the Actors Theatre website.

    Actors Theatre's season, meanwhile, will continue after The Kite Runner with performances of Dracula. This show will run from September 17 until Halloween. For more information on Actors Theatre's season, click here.

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    A near life-long resident of Louisville, Brian has written for since spring 2010. He has also written for various publications and online sites, including the Mount Vernon Democrat and Louisville Catholic Sports. Brian spends most of his free time enjoying the theatre scene, hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, and enjoying life.

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