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Arabian Night

Arabian Night
Your Price: $20.00 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 on the hottest day of the year. Part fairy tale, part noir thriller, the play combines imagery from One Thousand and One Nights and Sleeping Beauty.

A tale for today set in a magical tower block where the water has gone missing and five extraordinary individuals from the east and from the west cross paths on a hot and enchanted evening ending with a moonlit kiss and a homicide. Arabian Night is a sleek and sensual urban thriller from one of the most acclaimed voices of the German stage.

Nominated Play of the Year by six German critics in 2001, Actors Touring Company (ATC) staged the UK premiere of Arabian Night in April 2002, and toured the play throughout the UK.

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

About the Playwright:

Roland Schimmelpfennig is one of the most exciting voices in European drama. He has worked as a journalist, translator and dramaturg.