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‘The Arabian Nights’ auditions scheduled

Auditions for the Bartlett Theatre production of “The Arabian Nights,” adapted by Mary Zimmerman, will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 and Friday the 25th in Demarest 212, The Fisher Center.

Two copies of the script are now on reserve in the library. Actors, actors/singers, and percussionists are reminded that the auditions will be open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Black will direct the production, which will be staged Thursday, April 17, Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th.

Black selected the play for her first production at HWS because in the Tales from the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade must “narrate or die,” using stories within stories to save her own life and end a long cycle of violence. A.S. Byatt wrote in the New York Times Magazine at the turn of the millennium why she thinks Tales from the Arabian Nights is the Best Story: “This story has everything a tale should have: sex, death, treachery, vengeance, magic, humor, warmth, wit and surprise. Although it appears to be a story against women, it actually marks the creation of one of the strongest and cleverest heroines in world literature.”

Black, who joined the faculty earlier this year, holds a bachelor's and an M.F.A., both from the University of California-Irvine. Her scholarly interests include Solo and Collective Performance Creation Methodologies, Devised Theatre, Performance Ecology, Actor Physical and Vocal Training, and Thai Theatre.

For details on this production, e-mail Black at LBlack@hws.edu.