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Directed by Kim Rubinstein


@ Mandell Weiss Forum STUDIO

February 26 - March 7

About the Play

About the Author

A potent, passionate, funny, kaleidoscopic re-imagining of the classic Arabian Nights. Nationally celebrated playwright Jason Grote's politically charged theatrical maze explores current Middle Eastern tensions as it shifts back and forth and through mythic Arabia and modern-day New York City.


Jason Grote's plays include 1001 (Denver Center world premiere, Page 73, Theater @ Boston Court, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Mixed Blood), Box Americana, Darwin's Challenge, Hamilton Township (Salvage Vanguard Theater world premiere; upcoming, Soho Rep), Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth Theater world premiere; upcoming, Theater Schmeater), and This Storm Is What We Call Progress (Rorschach Theater world premiere). He is currently working on the screenplay for What We Got: DJ Spooky's Quest for the Commons and co-hosting The Acousmatic Radio Theater Hour on WFMU (91.1FM in NY/NJ, around the world at wfmu.org).

He has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts Inc., and in The Back Stage Book of New American Short Plays 2005 (edited by Craig Lucas), and his draft manuscripts are archived at the Lincoln Center/Billy Rose branch of the NYPL. He has received commissions from ACT (Seattle), Clubbed Thumb, The Denver Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Keen Company, and The Working Theater. Honors include an Ovation Award from The Denver Post; the P73 Fellowship; nominations for The Pushcart Prize, The Kesselring Prize, and The Weissberger Award; and "Best New Play" (for 1001) from Denver's alternative weekly, Westword. 1001 was also included in critics' year-end top ten lists in Time Out New York, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Boulder Daily Camera, and nominated for "Best Production of 2008" by L.A. Weekly. He is a member of PEN, New Dramatists, and Soho Rep's Artist Advisory Committee, and a contributor to Comedy Central's "Indecision 2008" blog. Visit him at jasongrote.com.


About the Director

Prior to UCSD, Kim Rubinstein was the Associate Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre where she directed Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries and The Cocktail Hour.  Other recent directing credits include The American Plan for The Old Globe, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow for Portland Center Stage and San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare Santa Cruz.   Some other directing credits:  Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadworks Productions), Pan and Boone (Running With Scissors), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Next Theatre), Not I, (Bucket O’Beckett Festival), Act without Words I, Not I, Play, Come and Go, Baby With the Bathwater and Sarita (Berkshire Theatre Festival).  Here at UCSD she directed Balm in Gilead and 1001.  Kim was the Associate and Tour Director of the national tour of Angels in America. 

Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting faculty at Northwestern University, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, University of Chicago,  Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Teatro degli Stracci, and an ongoing gig with the professional School at Steppenwolf.

Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other directing and teaching awards.  Active in the development of new plays, she has done readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and the Long Wharf.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Rebecca Lawrence - Scheherazade
- Dahna
Anne Stella - The One Eyed Arab
- Juml's Master
- Mostafa
- The Djinn
- Sindbad
Hugo Medina - Shahriyar
- Alan
Zoe Chao - The Virgin Bride
- The Princess
- Kuchuk Hanem
- Dunyazade
- Lubna
Daniel Rubiano - The Wazir
- The Emir Ghassan
- Osama Bin Laden
- The Horrible Monster
- Jorge Luis Borges
Adam Arian - Eunuch
- Yahya Al-husayni
- Gustave Flaubert
- Alan Dershowitz
- The Orthodox Jewish
- Asser
Naqiya Ebrahim - The Slave Girl
- The Moderator

Director - Kim Rubinstein
Production Stage Manager - Deirdre Rose Holland
Scenic Designer - Rob Tintoc
Costume Designer - Allison Crutchfield
Lighting Designer - Stephen Siercks
Sound Designer - Toby Jaguar Algya
Choreographer - Rebecca Salzar
Asst Director - Jeffrey Wienckowski
Asst Stage Manager - Cate O’Brien
Asst Scenic Designer - Max Lee
Asst Costume Designer - Shamira Turner
Asst Lighting Designer - Sarah Kranz
Dramaturg - Rana Salimi-Ghezelbash
Voice & Dialect Coach - Eva Barnes  
Production Assistant - Tiffany Fontaine



Thu, Feb. 26 at 7:00pm PREVIEW
Fri, Feb. 27, 8:00 pm OPENING
Sat, Feb 28, 8:00 pm
Wed, Mar 4, 8:00 pm
Thu, Mar 5, 8:00 pm
Fri, Mar 6, 8:00 pm
Sat, Mar 7, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, Mar 7, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at:Mandell Weiss Forum STUDIO

Limited Seating and No Late Seating

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Forum STUDIO

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Thursday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8

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