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IN APRIL: THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Mary Zimmerman
April 24-April 28, 2013 in the Wien Black Box at the Quick Center
A sixteen-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. 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. Guest Director Jesse Jou says that this production will be about grace, forgiveness, and the importance of storytelling as a survival strategy in a dangerous world.
KEY TOPICS Relevant to Faculty, Students and General Audiences:
Islam and the Arabic World—The original tales, most famously translated, chosen, and compiled by Sir Richard Burton 1885-88 (although there are many other editions), were written in Arabic, reflect a Muslim community, and date from the 10th to 15th centuries C.E. This play will introduce students to that world via several centuries of western interpretations.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—The tales are told by a resourceful, talented woman, Scheherazade, who is literally performing for her life. Mary Zimmerman’s script provides a contemporary feminist lens through which to view these characters and relationships.
Visual Art, Music, Poetry, Dance, Storytelling—Theatre Fairfield’s production will be a visual and aural feast steeped in traditional Islamic, Persian, and more contemporary arts.
Faith, Peace, and Justice—These Jesuit precepts are central to the play and our production will provide many opportunities to explore each of them in depth.
Fairfield University offers its students and the regional community a wide array of opportunities to enjoy the arts and enrich their lives through study, performance, appreciation, and thought. The annual Arts & Minds season of events at Fairfield provides an outstanding array of cultural and intellectual events that include the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts season, the popular Open VISIONS Forum lecture series, professional and student performances, art exhibits, special lectures, and a myriad of other lifelong learning opportunities. For further information, visit www.fairfield.edu/arts.
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