Brind School Presents 'The Arabian Nights' at Arts Bank

Senior Lecturer Amy Dugas Brown directs the Mary Zimmerman adaption through April 28

April 26, 2013

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts presents "The Arabian Nights" by Tony Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman and directed by UArts Senior Lecturer Amy Dugas Brown. The show, which opened April 25, runs through April 28 at the Arts Bank Theater (601 S. Broad Street).

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Actor Doug Hara, a Lookingglass Theater Company ensemble member and an original cast member of the Zimmerman production, was in attendance on opening night to see the two hand drums he lent the University in action. The drums are the same ones that traveled with Hara and the show's touring cast to such venues as Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

"The Arabian Nights" is the story of King Shahryar who marries, loves, then kills a young woman each night – until he encounters Scheherezade. For one thousand and one nights, he delays her murder as he eagerly awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity, or sorrow. Zimmerman's adaptation weaves ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling.

Above: Cast members gather on opening night with director Amy Dugas Brown and actor Doug Hara.

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