District Home » Calendar » 2016 » March » Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights
Pages within CALENDAR

Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights

March 30, 2016

12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre, Building B

Cuyamaca College's World Languages Department presents Scheherazade: Tell Me a Story! detailing the story of a young future queen who narrates Arabian Nights, also known as One Thousand and One Nights.

According to legend, when King Shahryar discovered that his first wife was unfaithful to him, he resolved to marry a new virgin each day as well as behead the previous day's wife, so that she would have no chance to be unfaithful to him. He had killed 1,000 such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, a well-read woman and gifted storyteller. Scheherazade was unable to finish a tale that fascinated the king, so he agreed to spare her life so she could return the next night and finish the story. The next night, Scheherazade finished the story and then began a second, even more exciting tale, which she again stopped halfway through at dawn. This continued until - after 1,0001 nights and 1,000 stories - the king's heart was softened by Scheherazade's intelligence, beauty and sweet nature. The king made Scheherazade his permanent wife and peace returned to the land.

Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Download as iCal

Return to Event Calendar poster
  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District