Run Extended!

Added Performances: Fri. June 26 and Sat. June 27 at 8:00, Sun. June 28 at 2:30 pm

"Arabian Nights," adapted by Dominic Cooke and directed by Karen Caroe, runs June 5 - 28 at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall in Las Cruces.

“Arabian Nights” is a celebration of the power of storytelling. Enter the imagination of the beautiful and clever Queen Shahrazad as she takes us on her life-and-death journey through a dazzling array of stories. We meet the queen on her wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. The king’s heart has been darkened by betrayal and Shahrazad, like a thousand young brides before her, will be put to death the next morning. Unlike her misfortunate predecessors, Shahrazad has the one gift that might save her life: the gift of storytelling. Shahrazad draws the King into a fantastical world where he meets such characters as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Es-Sindibad the Sailor, Abu Hassan, and a plethora of other characters. With her mischievous imagination, Shahrazad brings life to talking birds, singing trees, and golden fountains. She calls each of us to put aside the cares of our own world, if only for a few moments, and join our imaginations to hers.

Karen Caroe directs this family-friendly production assisted by Diego Acosta. Newcomer Devin Blackwell plays the beautiful Queen Shahrazad opposite the powerful Grady Easterling as Shahrayar. Completing the royal family is Rebekah Rubalcava as the Queen’s loyal little sister, Dinerzad, and Heath Tjaden as the king’s Vizier.  Stephen Caroe, Adolofo Enriquez III, Micah Glidewell, Heather Hosford, Marco Salazar, and Tiffany Tyson complete the ensemble of storytellers.

Dena Hurab’s set design is reminiscent of a child’s pop-up book while Andrea Severson’s costumes provide colorful bursts of light and darkness well-suited to Sharazad’s colorful imagination.  The lighting design, by Peter Herman, creates the mood for each of Shahrazad’s stories and gently guides us in and out of her imagination. Each story comes alive through voice and movement with a few simple props.

"Arabian Nights” is a family-friendly show that will stir the imagination in audiences of all ages. Director, Karen Caroe says, “Who doesn’t love a great story? The most fascinating part of this production is what the audience brings to each story. There are stories within stories of the frame story and layers of meanings to be discerned. The power of any story to make you laugh, cry, fear, or wonder is always in how much you will allow yourself to willingly suspend disbelief.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Sundays, June 14 and 21  at 2:30 p.m. and a Thursday evening performance on June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12.00 regular admission, $10.00 students and seniors over 65, and all seats on Thursday are $8.00. Reservations: (575) 523-1223


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Save the date for an evening of music at Black Box Theater, 430 N Main Street in Las Cruces,  on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 pm. Songs will be shared by two wonderful acts and songwriters, Gabrielle Louise and Justin Thompson. $10 at the door or in advance by calling (575) 523-1223.

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Martin Sexton. Unafraid to take a random musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. She recently released her fifth studio record accompanied by a book of short stories and poems entitled, "The Bird in my Chest."

Justin Thompson is a songwriter and performer from Albuquerque, New Mexico with an affinity for traditional folk music and the acoustic guitar. His persona and lyrics are as poetic as they are rough around the edges, and both lend themselves to honest and energetic performances. With an instinctive knack for melody and prose, Justin's songs are as singable as they are poignant. Justin recently finished a successful kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of his debut record, "Hymns for a Manchild," reaching his goal of over $5,000 over the course of a one month campaign. For this special concert, Justin celebrates the release of his album.

Both sets will be accompanied by Albuquerque's virtuoso mulit-instrumentalist, Gregg Daigle on mandolin, guitar, and banjo. In 2013 Gregg was voted Best Musician in Albuquerque by the Local IQ reader’s poll and in 2014 was nominated for a New Mexico Music Award.



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