Jason Grote's 1001, a Reworking of the Tales of the Arabian Nights
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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I was interested in this play as it was working off of the famous 1001 Arabian Nites. However, it was too long and some of the scene changes to make it "modern" did not make sense. Unfortunately, I got bored. However, next door to this Theatre is an awesome restaurant that has good food and Live Blues music---that saved the nite.
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Absolutely did NOT enjoy it. Aside from the script being weird, the performers (including the young lady who preceded the performance) spoke too fast and frequently unintelligibly. We and many others elected to leave at intermission.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Jason Grote is one of a generation of brainy new American dramatists — including Tracy Letts and Will Eno — who understand that to reach new audiences, political theater needs to move beyond moral indignation and outrage, past spoon-feeding an attitude." <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.laweekly.com/stage/theater/1001-jason-grote-and-his-arabian-nights/18936/">—LA Weekly</a></em>
- Visit Jason Grote's <a target="_blank" href="http://jasongrote.com/">website</a>.
1001 is a postmodernist take on The Arabian Nights, by way of Edward Said, Azar Nafisi, Borges, Hitchcock, Calvino and Monty Python. THe play premiered at Denver Center Theater with a New York premiere with Page 73 (both in 2007), and fifteen subsequent productions around the US from 2007-11. As of May 2011, the piece has won a Bay Area Critics' Circle Award for best play; is being revived by Collaboraction for Chicago's Theater on the Lake, and for an extended run; will have its New England premiere with Company One in Boston; and is being adapted into a musical, Scheherazade. 1001 has received an Ovation Award from The Denver Post and has been included critics' "best of" lists in The Huffington Post, Time Out NY, Time Out Chicago, L.A. Weekly, Westword, The Boulder Daily Camera and The Rocky Mountain News.