Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Theatre Arts will
present Mary Zimmerman’s “Arabian Nights,” which will run for seven
performances in the Strub Theatre Oct. 1-10.
The play is an adaptation of the ancient tale of Scheherazade,
who each night cleverly distracted her murdering husband with stories in order
to live another night. Katharine
Noon, assistant professor of theater and director of the play, said she chose
Zimmerman’s interpretation because it takes the lesser-known of the stories
and presents them in a very physical manner while keeping intact all the
“It’s about storytelling
and its restorative powers,” Noon said. “The focus is on being human and being
flawed, and how do we look at the humanity in another when we thought we couldn’t.”
Noon also said the play was chosen because of its relevance
to current tensions in the Middle East, and the misunderstandings people may
have about other people and cultures.
“This play does a lot to bridge the gap that we are all
human. We all like to laugh, we all cry, we all enjoy and share things in
common,” Noon said. “It breaks down some preconceptions about the Middle East,
although it’s not religious or political.”
Fifteen performers from various majors and departments,
ranging from sophomores to seniors, were cast in the production. Kelsey Ion ’11,
a business major with a minor in theater arts, will be playing Scheherazade.
She said her voice and movement course, taught by Noon, best helped her prepare
for the role.
“Katharine’s class helped me build better presentation
skills on stage,” said Ion. “The most challenging part was making my character
believable, and trying to display the emotional parts like when she falls in
Mary Zimmerman’s “Arabian Nights” will run Oct.1–3 and
Oct.7–10 at 8 p.m. in the Strub Theatre. Tickets are available in the LMU Ticket
Agency at 310.338.7588.