Based on the ancient text of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman is a story of stories, a collection of Arabic tales woven together into a theatrical experience. There once was a king called Shahryr, who one night found his wife in the arms of a slave, begins the chorus of the play. The world darkened for him, his soul grew sick, and he killed them both on the carpet of the bed.
The Arabian Nights addresses topics of war, justice, prejudice, and gender issues. This production of The Arabian Nights features a multi-ethnic, multi-generational cast. Dana Tarantino directs.