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Theatre Intime will present "The Arabian Nights," directed by sophomore Katie Benedict, Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26. (Video by junior Jackie Bello)
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Stacy T. (singing):
Why must I wander in these ways, forgetting food? There is no joy.

Actor:
We are strangers on our travels with a strong taste for interesting and beautiful things. Here are ten dinars, row us in the track of that boat.

Actor:
You need not be afraid. We are in darkness, and they are in bright light. I want to see this beautiful illumination as long as possible.

Trenton Arthur:
Arabian Nights is a story of a king and a queen, uh, a king who kills. Stopping. Restarting.

Jerry Peng:
There was a king; once he found his wife in the arms of his slaves. So he got pretty upset and he decided to kill his wife and then every night...

Liz Dengel:
So he's on this killing rampage where he marries a virgin every night and then cuts off her head in the morning, but when he...

J.D. Walters:
Well, it's about this king, who's not bad, he's just misunderstood,

J.D. Walters:
who, uh... He has been painfully betrayed by his wife, and in consequence he decides to marry and kill another girl each night.

Jerry Peng:
So, one day, there are no girls anymore, there's only the daughter of the Jafar. And the Jafar decided to send his daughter to the king, and

Jerry Peng:
then the girl manages to tell -- can you just scratch that? I'm just like (laughs)...

Veronica Siverd:
Scherezade was chosen by King Shahryar to be his bride for one evening because his plan is to kill her. But,

Veronica Siverd:
she has a plan, by telling stories and cutting off right at their climaxes,

Veronica Siverd:
that she promises to tell him the following night, he will agree to keep her alive from night to night. And she does this for...

Stacy T.:
Scherezade, as her relationship with the King evolves, cause you know, it takes place over 1,001 nights,

Stacy T.:
she -- with her stories -- begins to try to tell him something. So at first it's just a ploy to, you know,

Stacy T.:
save her life so that she doesn't have to die the next day, but it becomes a way for her to...

J.D. Walters:
...redeem him, from this destructive streak through the power of her stories, all of which teach him a particular lesson

J.D. Walters:
and change him in various ways. So, yeah, I mean, it's all about the redemptive power of storytelling.

Trenton Arthur:
My favorite part of the play is probably the time I spend in my harem...

Trenton Arthur:
You are a bachelor, are you not?

Actor:
Yes, yes.

Trenton Arthur:
Yes, well, I have conceived a key...

Actor:
No, don't say it! ...

Trenton Arthur:
... a desire to see you married!

Actor:
King of time, I pray you spare me that felicity...

J.D. Walters:
Unleashing my, uh, inner tyrant, has been a lot of fun.

J.D. Walters:
I always wanted to play this sort of complex, tortured character, sort of Anakin Skywalker style.

J.D. Walters:
You know, very over the top, as someone who really is -- he's good, but he falls into this destructive streak.

Actor:
Impossible!

Franki Butler:
You'd think after -- I've seen this show since the very first rehearsal -- you'd think after all this I'd get bored with it. I haven't.

Franki Butler:
I don't think I can. The moments that make me sit here and squeal and then bite my fist so people don't hear me squealing in the audience

Franki Butler:
get me every single time. I am bouncing in my seat every single time I see it. I just -- I love this show.

Carolyn Edelstein:
Arabian Nights has been a wonderful process. The cast has had a lot of fun rehearsing, and really it's just felt like

Carolyn Edelstein:
a bunch of friends getting together to tell stories. And now we've got an audience, and all of a sudden,

Carolyn Edelstein:
the stories have taken on all this new magic.

Singers:
For I cannot leave my beloved for one who has no one, who has no one like the others...

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