The Arabian Nights

“Zimmerman has a genius for building stage spectaculars from the most basic, old-fashioned materials.“Nights” is as timeless as the stories it contains and as immediate as an ad lib.”-SFGATE

“…Ms. Zimmerman has orchestrated a seamless narrative of recital, song and carefully stylized movements in which stories endlessly beget other stories, like the boxes within boxes in a Chinese puzzle toy.”-NEW YORK TIMES

The Arabian Nights is a collection of darker stories intended for adults, as told by Scheherazade, a young haram girl who must create cliffhangers night after night to save her own life.  Now in the expert hands of playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, The Secret in the Wings) a twelve-member cast enacts Scheherazade’s tales of love, lust, comedy, and dreams, drawing audiences close with her trademark originality in staging.  We begin to see the mesmerizing theme of how the magic of storytelling holds the power to change people, and are reminded that the struggle to preserve cultural beauty did not end with Scheherazade.

Rated PG13

Sponsored by The Gainesville Times



7:30pm, April 7-11 and 14-18, 2020
2:30pm, April 12 & 18, 2020

Special Events

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)
March 24, 2020 at 6:00pm

Opening Night Reception
Apr 7, 2020, following the performance


UNG-Gainesville’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood, GA 30566

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Ticket Information

Tickets are $18-$20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12/$14 for students*. Click below to choose your seats or call our box office at 678-717-3624. We offer a 20% discount to groups of 12 or more. Please call the box office for more information. ADA seating reservations are also arranged through the box office.
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Cast & Crew

    Director: Zechariah Pierce, GTA Resident Director and UNG Professor
    Lighting Designer: Terri Becker, GTA Resident Lighting Designer and UNG Professor
    Scenic Designer: Larry Cook, GTA Resident Scenic Designer and UNG Professor


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