Welcome!

Welcome to the BYU Arabian Nights Story Project!

Beginning May 24, Brigham Young University’s Theatre Arts Department will be presenting selections from Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights and we want you to join us on the journey!  For one thousand and one nights, Scheherezade tells her husband, Shahryar, wonderful stories to prevent him from killing her each night.  These tales demonstrate the power of storytelling as they soften Shahryar’s will and open the door to his change of heart.

From the dawn of time, storytelling has been an integral part of our humanity.  It is how we communicate, how we teach, how we learn, and how we preserve our heritage.  It is something we all share regardless of race, age, ethnicity, or religion.

So…what story would you tell to save your life?  We want to know!  Help us collect one hundred and one stories…one for each night until our closing night on June 9th…and come see the top 16 stories collected so far performed live by one of our cast members as part of our pre-show experience during the run of the production (read these stories now!).  These stories can be about anything…tales of love, tales of friendship, tales of adventure…but just make sure that it will keep you alive another day!  Click on the Story Project link in the menu to the left and provide us with your most wondrous tale!  It matters not your age, young and old, we welcome your stories!

While you’re here, please also check other areas of our blog!  Meet the cast and our production team in About Us.  Read some of the stories already submitted under Latest Stories.  Learn more about what it takes to produce the Arabian Nights in Dramaturgy.  And check out a Sneak Peek at our production!

Don’t miss this enchanting tale performing May 24, 25, 26, 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9,with matinees on May 26, 31, June 2, 8, and 9.  Get your tickets beginning April 2nd at byuarts.com!