Originally written in Arabic, this Persian classic, also as
known as Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of various
folktales from Persia, Arabia, and India. The tales are united
in a single plot, as they are told by Scheherezade, who tries
to save her life from her husband, King Shahryar, by entertaining
him, one story per night. Such well-known stories such as Ali
Baba and the 40 Thieves and Aladdin and His Magic Lamp come
from Arabian Nights.
The shows not only feature story telling, but also shadow puppets,
Middle Eastern dance, and music. Gere performs the shadow puppets’
sequences, and Willow Chang, who teaches Middle Eastern dance
at Kapiolani Community College and Diamond Head Theatre, performs
the dances for the intervals. Music -- reeds, pipes, and percussion
-- is performed by Steven Rosenthal and Reggae McGowen.
“Once I began reading these stories, I was hooked. I could
not stop, except to get up and pace around the room gasping
for breath, full of wonder and admiration for the genius of
these Arabic narrators. This is the Iliad of Persia,” Gere said.
“It’s quite a show! So jump on the carpet – we’re going to take
The schedule follows:
Feb. 23: The City of Brass; Adventures Retrieving the
Bottles Holding Genie.
March 2: The Fisherman’s Tale; the King, the Sage, and
the Prince of the Black Island
March 9: The Porter, Three Baghdad Ladies, and the Three
Men with One Eye.
For more information, call Gere at 737-1774 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.