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'1001 Nights' features love and storytelling

Adaptation of 'Arabian Nights' perfect for children

POSTED: March 20, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Audiences will be swept off to fantastical faraway places when “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories” hits the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts for a two-week engagement.

In this celebration of brainy imagination over brawn, a princess uses her wits to save a kingdom from an evil decree as she spins tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. Featuring genies, jesters, 40 thieves and other captivating characters, the princess’s cliffhanger stories keep the king — and audiences — on the edge of their seats. This playful adaptation of the “Arabian Nights” fairy tales is recommended for ages 6 and up.

“1001 Nights” was first conceived in 1998 by Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Robert Lopez and Adam Koplan, artistic director of Flying Carpet Theatre Company. All puppets were designed by the Center’s resident puppet builder Jason von Hinezmeyer and built by the talented crew in the Center’s puppet building shop.

“1001 Nights” is an inspired combination of Lopez’s catchy tunes, Flying Carpet’s inventive staging and the Center’s internationally recognized puppetry expertise.

“1001 Nights” will run from March 25 to April 6 in the downstairs theater. Showtimes are as 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers and can be purchased at www.puppet.org or by calling 404-873-3391. Tickets include museum admission and Create-A-Puppet Workshop.


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