Brigham Young University stages ‘Arabian Nights’
Theater • The classic of Middle East literature gets a special production to complement the university’s current exhibit of Islamic art.
Published: May 15, 2012 08:19AM
Updated: May 15, 2012 08:19AM
Brigham Young University's department of theatre and media arts will host a Utah premiere adaptation of "The Thousand and One Nights" May 24-June 9 in the Pardoe Theatre. Courtesy BYU

“What story would you tell to save your life?”

That’s the question animating both “The Thousand and One Nights” and Brigham Young University’s website, collecting community responses to match. It’s also the grand prompter behind BYU’s department of theatre and media art’s stage adaptation from Mary Zimmerman’s “Arabian Nights.”

Playing through June 9 at Pardoe Theatre, the play is meant to complement the unversity’s current exhibit of Islamic art “Beauty and Belief.” As a classic of world literature, however, it’s of course strong enough to stand on its own. With an emphasis on Scheherazade’s seemingly endless striving to stave off death by the hand of her suitor, BYU’s production directed by Megan Sanborn Jones promises a luminous night out at the theater. Karli Hall stars as Scheherezade.


BYU’s “Arabian Nights”

When • May 24-June 9, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees May 26, 31 and June 2, 8 and 9.

Where • Brigham Young University Pardoe Theatre, Campus Drive and 1200 North, Provo

Tickets • $6-$12. Call 801-422-4322 or visit or for more information