At Lafayette College, our production of The Arabian Nights was an ancient story with a modern approach. This was an opportunity to reimagine a famous collection of stories in the context of modern Iraq with an Iraqi woman recounting the stories to an American soldier. Through this lens, the stories gained a different political and cultural perspective. Set in a modern Iraqi bazaar where old and new worlds collide, the passageways in an old converted mosque and the barrage of sights and sounds of a modern outdoor market created a rich visual landscape. The fantastical stories were created using objects and wares from the various booths and sellers in the market setting.
Mary Jo Lodge
Williams Center Theater, Lafayette College, Easton, PA