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The Storyteller

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Scheherazade is one of the oldest narrators in literature. Since the first version of 1,001 Arabian Nights appeared in the ninth century, there have been hundreds of variations on the tale of a newlywed Persian or Arabian queen who prevents her former cuckold of a husband from killing her by spinning tales too fascinating to allow her murder.

Winnipeg playwright Heather Forgie frames the familiar story the way Tom Stoppard dealt with Hamlet: Scheherezade is out of the picture. Instead, her sisters Tamineh and Dunyazade — actors Rachel Hiebert and Hope Figueroa — meditate upon the concepts of misogyny, sacrifice and forgiveness, ostensibly in the medieval Middle East. The subtext is entirely modern.

Forgie, as Scheherezade, dances behind a screen between scenes. Only pacing issues and some repetition mar the hour-long production.

— Bartley Kives

From the Fringe program:

Director: Heather Forgie

Cast: Rachel Hiebert, Hope Figueroa, Heather Forgie

The untold story of Scheherezade, a woman who, through patience and compassion, teaches a man to forgive and allows him to love again. For a thousand and one Arabian nights, her quick wit and creativity literally save her life, as well as the lives of many others. A drama punctuated by dance and storytelling that shows us all the power of words.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings:

Incense

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