The Arabian Nights

Mary Zimmerman’s acclaimed adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a rich and poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling.  King Shahryar marries, loves, then kills a young woman each night –  until he encounters Scheherezade. For 1001 nights, he delays her murder as he eagerly awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity or sorrow. The final scene brings the audience back to modern-day Baghdad, and distant air-raid sirens warn of the danger threatening the land that produced the encyclopedia of human experience, imagination, and poetry that is The Arabian Nights.

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