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

Preview Performance: $15 tickets! (Preview tickets go on sale March 23, 2020)
April 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

Free Opening Night Reception:In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by Foothills Barbaque, April 7, 2020

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday,
April 14, 2020


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

BUY Tickets

Ticket Information

Tickets are $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students, depending on seat location*. You can click the link below to choose your own seats and print your own tickets – or call the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off — making a night of live theatre a great option for friends and family.

Children in the Theatre: We love children, we HAVE children… (and of course we have BEEN children). Still, we recognize that not all children love theatre – yet. Out of respect for other patrons’ theatre experiences, all patrons must be ticketed and over the age of 5. Parents should also be sure to check performance ratings in making decisions about bringing children to the theatre.

*UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Create your own package!

Purchase tickets to this production AND to one other production at the same time and you’ll get an automatic 10% discount; 3 to 4 shows will receive a 15% discount, and 5 shows or more gets an automatic 20% off. Discounts will be shown (with your savings) in the payment screen.*UNG and BU faculty/staff/students must contact the Box Office for specially discounted tickets.

Artist Spotlight

Director – Zechariah Pierce (GTA Resident Director -UNG)

Lighting Designer – Terri Becker (GTA Resident Lighting Designer -UNG)

Scenic Designer – Larry Cook (GTA Resident Scenic Designer -UNG)


Check back to see what patrons are saying about this magical, story-spinning play!