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'Arabian Nights' to heat up PCC stage

The Times

Portland Community College’s production of “The Arabian Nights” continues this weekend at Sylvania Campus’ Performing Arts Center.

Shows began March 4, but continue March 10-13.

Based on Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation, “The Arabian Nights” is a tale of King Shahryar, who slays his wife after finding her with another man. He vows to marry a virgin every night and murder her the following morning, so he never feels the same heartbreak again.

But the killing comes to a halt when he meets Scheherazade, who keeps Shahryar from sending her to death every morning with compelling stories that spare her life.

Patrick Tangredi, director of the play and school’s theatre arts program said that the play carries an important message.

“This is a great time for us to be crossing our own borders of what we perceive are the cultures of the Middle East,” he said. “These stories help us unite rather than divide and have messages that we can all relate to.”

“The Arabian Nights” includes a 14-person cast of student actors.

The play will be produced in two parts. Part two of the play will be performed May 6-15.

“’The Arabian Nights’ is a very large script and I think it would be too much for us to do in one sitting,” Tangredi said. “It was also too good of a script to pass by. We decided to split it up and give it the attention it deserves.”

The production is suitable for ages 12 and up.

General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for students, veterans and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the PCC box office one hour before curtain time or online at www.pcc.edu/theatre.

The Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center is located at 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.