Baylor Theatre Presents Tale of 1,001 Life-Saving Stories: The Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights
April 28, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Apr. 28, 2014) - Imagine yourself in wedded bliss, reaching your honeymoon suite—and realizing your new husband plans to end your life by the end of the night. How would you survive?

From April 29 through May 4, Baylor Theatre will give its final production of the 2013-14 season: “The Arabian Nights,” the story of a woman who saves herself from this very death for 1,001 nights, staged in the Mabee Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

In this play, written by Tony award-winning Mary Zimmerman and directed by Lisa Denman, director of Baylor’s department of theatre arts, the freshly wedded Scheherezade avoids death’s grip each night by telling elongated stories to her husband, who is known to have executed each of his wives after their first night together, fearing her infidelity. The many stories are told through song and dance, original pieces created in part by Baylor actors.

Performances at 7:30 p.m. begin Tuesday, April 29 and run through May 3. Matinée performances will be at 2 p.m. May 3 and 4.

Tickets are $18 or $15 for students, faculty and staff, and may be purchased online, in person at the theatre box office or by calling 254-710-1865.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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