The Arabian Nights: A Play
A twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade's tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams. Scheherazade's cliffhanger stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her, and after 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade returns to her family. This adaptation offers a wonderful blend of the lesser-known tales from Arabian Nights with the recurring theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people. The final scene brings the audience back to a modern day Baghdad with the wail of air raid sirens threatening the rich culture and history that are embodied by these tales.
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Abu al-Hasan Ala al-Din Abu Allah increase Allah lives Arabian Nights Aziz and Azizah aziz’s mother Baghdad bilateral brother Bruce Norris butcher carpets chief of keys chief of police clarinetist Confusion of Stories cousin daughter door Dream dunyazade eaten those chickpeas Ellen Bethea Enrico Colantoni father finger cymbals ring Fool The Madman’s Forgotten Melody garden genie give greengrocer hard head harun al-rashid hear heard heart honor ishak of mosul jafar jester jester’s wife kadi king kurd little foot lord madman Madman’s Tale marry MARY ZIMMERMAN Masrur mock khalifah aziz never old boatman once palace pastrycook perfect love persian play poor prayer and peace prince of fools Prophet river robber scheherezade second sage second sister-in-law shahryar Sheikh al-Fadl sheikh al-islam shroud sing slave girl sleep song soul swear sweet sympathy the learned tell thing third sage tortoise wazir wedding What’s woman women young