Collaboraction's critically hailed 1001 comes to the Flat Iron Arts Building (1575 N. Milwaukee) for a five-week run after five performances July 20 - 24 at Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive).
Collaboraction’s critically acclaimed “1001” is a provocative, funny and fast-paced post-modern retelling of “The Arabian Nights” which made its Chicago premiere last September. This piece first introduced Chicago audiences to the work of New York-based playwright Jason Grote, who has been hailed as a thrilling new voice in American theater. The original cast and crew return for the remount including Director Seth Bockley, an equally thrilling new visionary in American theater, for this explosive production in Collaboraction’s new space.
Sexy and surreal, “1001” is a theatrical mash-up that mixes Middle East politics with a modern tale of young love, asking the question “Can passion conquer history?” A six-actor ensemble plays a dizzying variety of roles, including the fabled princess Scheherezade, a Palestinian businessman, Sindbad the sailor, an American Jew named Alan, Gustave Flaubert, a princess with a lisp and even Osama Bin Laden. Featuring Collaboraction's signature blend of modern media and visceral storytelling, this moving and hilarious intimate production takes audiences on a theatrical journey into uncharted territory.
The cast of “1001” features
Antonio Brunetti (Jorge Luis Borges, The Emir Ghassan, the Horrible Monster, Osama Bin Laden, Wazir)
Carly Ciarrocchi (The Virgin Bride, Dunyazade, The Princess Maridah, Juml, Kuchuk Hanem, Lubna)
Joel Gross (Shahriyar, Alan)
Mouzam Makkar (Scheherazade/Dahna)
Edgar Sanchez (Yahya Alhumsayni, Asser, Gustave Flaubert, the Orthodox Jewish Student, Voice of Moderation, a Eunuch)
HB Ward (One-eyed Arab, Jumul’s Master, Mostafa, Slave, Sindbad, Voice of Alan Dershowitz, Djinn)
For more information and to purchase tickets visit collaboraction.org