How long does it take for a monarch—and grief-crazed domestic serial killer—to change his ways? The answer is a matter of legend: exactly two years, 9 months and 28 days—or nights, more accurately. Of course, it also helps to have a decent story or two to pass the time.
Differing versions of the great-great-granddaddy of all cliffhangers, also known as One Thousand and One Nights, were committed to the page a millennium ago in Iran, Egypt and Syria. But the fables, legends, riddles and songs comprising the work stretch back to the foundations of a number of other cultures in North Africa, the Middle East and southwestern Asia: Indian, Turkish and Buddhist influences are clearly visible in them as well.
In this telling of the story of Scheherezade, Allison Bergman directs a student cast with an original score by Naji Hilal and Andrew Shakinovsky of The Lost Nomads, Dabki choreography by Souha Hilal and belly dance choreographed by Amara (Electric Shimmy). The play runs Thursdays–Sundays through April 22, with an additional show on Wednesday, April 18. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays, which are 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $16–$18, or $5 for N.C. State students. —Byron Woods