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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

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Lara Hamburg as Scheherazade
Lara Hamburg as Scheherazade

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

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

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

Actors Bita Joudaki and Lara Hamburg

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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 based out of Toronto, Ontario where he works as an actor, and writer. He plays Simon on Overlord and the Underwoods (CBC/Nickelodeon) and is currently a resident of the CBC Acting Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre.. 

 

Recent Film/TV credits also include Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Bajillionaires (Family Channel), and Tall Boys (CBC), as well as several national commercial campaigns. In 2022, Izad will play Samuel in the world premier of original Canadian musical Grow at the Grand Theatre. As a writer, Izad has written several critically acclaimed one person shows and plays for the stage. His new solo show Say My Name is currently being developed in residency with Green Light Arts. He's also writing on two new TV shows in development.


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 creator of 1002 Nights.

Cast & Crew

PLAYWRIGHT: Izad Etemadi

PERFORMERS Lara Hamburg, Finn LeTourneau, Rebecca Thackray

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION Sophie Fuldauer

CURRICULUM SUPPORT Marty Layne

Credits

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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