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The Arabian Nights: A Play
by Mary Zimmerman
Northwestern University Press, 2003
eISBN: 978-0-8101-6804-6 | Paper: 978-0-8101-2094-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3576.I66A73 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.54

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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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