FIU Theatre’s ‘The Arabian Nights’ opens March 2

FIU Theatre’s fourth and final production of the season brings The Arabian Nights, by Mary Zimmerman, to the Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre at Modesto A. Maidique Campus beginning Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m.

The show will run through Sunday, March 11.

Directed by Phillip M. Church, one of FIU Theatre’s best known professors, this production will feature a richly designed set that will allow audience members in the first four rows to experience the story coming to life as they sit on stage on plush patterned pillows.

The play, based on The Book of The Thousand Nights and One Night, tells the story of King Shahryar. After murdering his unfaithful wife and in his rage at her betrayal, the king marries and murders a new virgin every night for three years. When it’s Scheherezade’s turn to marry the king, she plots to save her own life from this terminal honeymoon by distracting him with hypnotic tales of genies, jesters and thieves until he forgets his anger.

Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission ranges between $10-$15. For tickets and more information, visit

FIU Theatre fans can further enjoy their experience by attending the following events included in the price of admission to this production:

• Theatre of the Mind (Sunday, March 4): A 45-minute post-show panel discussion of the ideas and topics generated by The Arabian Nights.
• Inside Scoop (Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.): A 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Arabian Nights led by select cast members and the production team.