The Arabian Nights – Iowa State University Theatre

by Mary Zimmerman

adapted from “The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night”

“There dwelt in a city of the cities of China, a man which was a tailor, and he had one son, Aladdin.”

A Persian sultan whose first wife was unfaithful mistrusts all women until his beautiful young bride, Scheherazade, tells him a story on their first night together and begins a second one.  The sultan eagerly awaits the conclusion of the following night.  After 1001 nights of storytelling, he makes her his Queen.  The stories of Scheherazade feature genies, thieves, and kings and raise storytelling to a new level of enchantment. Warning: Adult content.

November 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; November 7 and 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Single tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $8. Tickets available through TicketMaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames, or at the door before the performance.

Fisher Theater – Ames

The Cast

First Man – Chris King
Second Man – Austin Kopsa
Third Man – Jeff White
Fourth Man – Shawn O’Hern
Fifth Man – Stephen Haydon
Sixth Man – Kyle Phillips
Seventh Man – John Shang
Eighth Man – Blake Gibbins
Ninth Man – Josh Ster
Tenth Man – Drew McCubbin
First Woman – Brittny Rebhuhn
Second Woman – Katherine Taylor
Third Woman – Sara Jensen
Fourth Woman – Shalika Khindurangala
Fifth Woman – Tabitha Locke
Sixth Woman – Vicky Stafford
Ensemble – Catherine Glidden, Sarah Michaels, Amanda Jorgensen

Production Team

Guest Director – egla Birmingham
Assistant Director – Amber Fitzsimmons
Scenic Designer – Rob Sunderman
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager – Amber Fitzsimmons
Assistant Stage Manager – Kiah Kayser
Movement Consultant – Lisa Rich-Mckelvey (aka: Shiara)
Props Master – Katharina Beckerleg
Light Board Operator – Michael Odland
Sound Board Operator – Paul Pint
Stagehand – Elizabeth Bevilacqua
Wardrobe – Cassie Brumels, Megan Lee, Rakeesh Hannah
Photography – Casey L. Gradischnig
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Publicity Assistant – Corinne Oertel
House Managers – Lindsay Allen, Casey Buenzow, Brittny Rebhuhn, Jeff White
Box Office Supervisors – Amber Fitzsimmons, Michael Reza Heath, Margaux Mireault, Nancy Palof
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Brooke Berg, Katharina Beckerleg, Zachary Eskrich, Dan Fynaardt, Darren Hushak, Matt Meldrem, Liz Rankin, Michael Steffen, Josh Ster, Kelly Teitsworth, Nick Veenstra, Mat Wymore
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Madeleine Kobus, Amy Lempia, Emma Rose Miles, Samantha Silver, Lindsey VanWyk, Anna Ward


Publicity photos and production photos by Casey Gradischnig

Poster by Mary Bendgen

Watch the video or read about it in Ames 24/7 and Inside Iowa State!