1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS, AT THE WOLFSONIAN, 1001 WASHINGTON AVENUE
This past Sunday I had the privilege to see the final performance of Arabian Nights at the Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto Maidique Campus of Florida International University. Adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, the FIU production was written by Mary Zimmerman and directed by Phillip M. Church. The cast should be commended for the fine music, acting, and storytelling. I was also very impressed by the scenery, costumes, and lighting of these timeless tales from the Orient.
Returning to The Wolfsonian-FIU library here on 1001 Washington Avenue in South Beach, I reflected on some of the Orientalist materials in our own collection decided to scour the stacks to see if we possessed something directly related to the Arabian nights tales. Happily, I came across a couple of items which I thought I would share with my readers. The first is a frontispiece illustration designed by Harriette Amsden for Prince Ahmed & the fairy Peri Banou: A tale for younger folk from the Arabian Nights Tales.
The second item is an illustrated book titled: Thousand and one nights with tales by Ernst Roenau and pictures and drawings attributed simply to Rosà.
I hope that these vivid Orientalist illustrations may provide you with some visual sense of what the wonderful FIU theatrical production did for my senses.