Mathnavi

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Opened Sep 28, 2000
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

La MaMa E.T.C. presents the first American stage adaptation of Rumi's Mathnavi, the epic work of Sufi Mysticism. This imagistic piece of theater is based on selected stories from the Islamic epic poem. It is directed by Iranian stage director and film maker Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. The imagery runs the gamut from ecstatic to volcanic, from chilling to rambunctious. The cast of nine envision themselves as disciples of Rumi, who is reflected in the piece by a single woman character. She starts out as part of the ensemble and becomes progressively more enlightened.