July 5, 2016

Historically, Scheherazade is a legendary queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights (a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, also known as Arabian Nights).

The story goes that a king (Shahriyar) decides to deflower and kill a virgin each day, out of revenge towards his unfaithful wife. (But you’ll find out more about that when you come see the show!)

Scheherazade is based off of Jason Grote’s play 1001, which premiered in 2007. A response to the events of 9/11 and how the tragedy shaped the lives of Americans, 1001 tells the Middle-Eastern tales of Arabian Nights through the lens of modern-day America.

Similarly, Scheherazade spins the tale of Alan and Dahna, a Jewish and a Palestinian woman who discover that the human condition is as fraught and complicated as ever. A love story set against the backdrop of both modern NYC and ancient Persia, Scheherazade musically depicts the highs and lows of human relationships.

The lovely cast of this show, led by director Erin Ortman and musically director Ian Axness, have brought the tales of Alan, Dahna, Shahriyar, and Scheherazade to life in this illuminating show.

Scheherazade runs at the 14th St. Y Theatre (344 East 14th St. @ 1st Ave.) on July 14, 15, 16 at 8pm and July 17 at 2pm
(Doors open at 7:30pm / 1:30p)

Be sure to come early, and enjoy a beverage at the theater’s pop-up cafe!

Check out the Facebook page for more information!


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