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Arabian Night

Arabian Night
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham
Publisher: Oberon Modern Plays
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 1840022981
ISBN-13: 9781840022988
Cast Size: 2 women, 3 men

About the Play:

Arabian Night (English-language version of Die Arabische Nacht) is a full-length drama by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham. Brings together five characters who experience an erotic urban fantasy in an apartment building where there's a water crisis on the hottest day of the year. Arabian Night is a sleek and sensual urban thriller from one of the most acclaimed voices of the German stage.

Arabian Night is set in a claustrophobic tower block housing complex in a large, western city. Five diverse individuals connect over the disappearance of their apartment building's water supply on a hot and enchanted evening ending with a moonlit kiss and a homicide. Part fairy tale, part noir thriller, Arabian Night combines imagery from One Thousand and One Nights and Sleeping Beauty.

Nominated Play of the Year by six German critics in 2001, Actors Touring Company (ATC) staged the UK premiere of Arabian Night in 2002, and toured the play throughout the UK. His playwrighting breakthrough, the play made its New York debut in 2006 at The East 13th Street Theatre.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

What people say:

"In this delightful fable Schimmelpfennig shows that the 7th floor of a residential tower block can be a source of magical realism." — The Guardian (London)

"A deliciously playful flight of fancy." — The Evening Standard (London)

"This brief, 75-minute story suddenly floods that space with a great lost world of rich colour, intense flavour, howling passion, sudden violence, and sweet erotic magic." — The Scotsman

"The Arabian Night by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig is ... the kind of piece that will linger in the memory, long after others have faded ... Memory, fantasy and reality blur as the audience gets absorbed in an extraordinary central tale, which ultimately affects all five characters in the play ... the tension builds until the end, which is shattering (figuratively as well as literally). It's superior stuff." — The Toronto Star

About the Playwright:

Roland Schimmelpfennig is an internationally acclaimed German playwright. He has worked as a journalist, translator and dramaturg. One of the most exciting voices in European drama, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.