For Ages 5-12

March 21-June 21

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1002 Nights is a World Premiere of Izad Etemadi's play commissioned by Story Theatre.

Touring Performance

1002 Nights

An update to the seminal 1001 Nights featuring pop music, puppetry, and poems by Rumi.

Scheherazade and Dunyazad live with (and in! and through!) stories. When their sleep is disturbed by a Poet's nocturnal lament, they go forth into the unknown with nothing but each other and their stories. With poetry, songs, storytelling and some good jokes, the adventure leads them to the source of the heartbroken sobs that wracks the Kingdom nightly. They are the wails of a young Prince, conflicted by duty, looking for the freedom to be themselves. Do Scheherazade's stories have the power to save them?


1002 Nights is a brand new Canadian play written by Persian-Canadian playwright Izad Etemadi, with design by Sophie Fuldauer. The upbeat production showcases stories from the seminal collection 1,001 Nights and also features pop music, puppetry and poems by Rumi.

Photo Credit: Yes And Studios
Photo Credit: Yes And Studios

Actors Bita Joudaki and Lara Hamburg

Lara Hamburg as Scheherazade
Lara Hamburg as Scheherazade

Describe your image

Photo Credit: Yes And Studios
Photo Credit: Yes And Studios

Film Shoot for SchehereVlogz with Creative Team Bita, Izad, and Lara.

Photo Credit: Yes And Studios
Photo Credit: Yes And Studios

Actors Bita Joudaki and Lara Hamburg


Tours to Elementary Schools + Theatres

This production will resume touring when it is safe to do so. (2021-22)

In the meantime, we're encouraging educators and parents to explore storytelling through our 4 part mini-series SchehereVlogz!  based on the play. Children and their grown ups are invited in to learn how to tell their own stories with Scheherazade and her sister Dunyazade. Check it out on Youtube.

About Izad

Izad Etemadi is an Iranian-Canadian artist originally from Victoria, BC. He is currently based out of Toronto, Ontario where he works as an actor, singer, writer and theatre creator. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and is the proud recipient of the 2017 Emerging Queer Artist Award from Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.

He is well known for his hilarious and outrageous solo shows starring his drag alter-ego, Leila. The beloved (and bearded) “Persian Superstar” has taken her shows across the country and even made an appearance off-broadway in New York City in 2015. Other acting credits include Pirelli in the musical Sweeney Todd (London, England), Samuel in the world premier of original Canadian musical Grow (Grand Theatre) and several film and tv credits including Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Bajillionaires (Family Channel) and Tall Boyz (CBC)

Izad toured with The Story Theatre Company from 2012-2014 as an actor in Aladdin, The Great Beanstalk Conspiracy and Hey Bully Bully. He is thrilled to be returning to the company as the writer and creator of 1002 Nights.

Cast & Crew

PLAYWRIGHT: Izad Etemadi

PERFORMERS Lara Hamburg, Finn LeTourneau, Rebecca Thackray




1002 Nights has been made possible with the generous support of the CRD Arts Development Committee and The Province of British Columbia.

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Debuts Jan 2021

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