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25/08/2017 - 17:11hs

Play ‘Arabian Nights’ to open in São Paulo

The play, which is based on the Stories of One Thousand and One Nights and on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, will open in the city of São Paulo on Monday (28) and runs until October 18.

São Paulo – The play “Arabian Nights” opens in the city of São Paulo next Monday (28). It’s based on stories told by Scheherazade on the book One Thousand and One Nights and on contemporary stories from the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East.

Press Release

Arabian Nights: a play staged on a rug

The play premiered in Campinas, 99 km from São Paulo, early last year, and will be staged for the first time in São Paulo, at theater Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade. The cast comes from the drama research collective group Vila 8 and is directed by Eduardo Okamoto, director and professor of Theater Arts at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

The stage is covered by a large rug. In it, five actors narrate stories told by Scheherazade and also through her voice tell events from the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis and the plights of those involved. The play focuses on the act of narrating and the need men have of narration to give some meaning to existence.

Okamoto created the collective in 2013 with students who graduated from Theater Arts at UNICAMP. The theme of the conflict in Palestine attracted the group’s attention due to the significant number of Arab refugees that Brazil has been receiving and became a research topic. The play, written by playwright Isa Kopelman, came from this perception and the artists’ interest in the topic.

The music was created by Marcelo Onofri and the cast is formed by Cadu Ramos, Lucas Marcondes, Tess Amorim, Vanessa Petroncari and Virgílio Guasco. The play runs until October 18 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at 8 pm.

Quick info

Play “Arabian Nights”
From August 28 to October 18, 2017, at 8 pm (There will be no play on September 12 and 13, and there will be extra sessions on September 21 and 28)
Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade (room 7)
Rua Três Rios, 363 – Bom Retiro – São Paulo
Admission free (pick up the ticket one hour before the play at the box office)
Information: http://www.oficinasculturais.org.br or +55 (11) 3222 2662

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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