The Conference of the Birds: A Colorful Persian Fable Takes Flight
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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I was very disappointed with the way this beautiful work of art by Farid ud Din Attar was so distastefully represented. It was quite crude, and seemed to cater to an audience which they deemed to be unappreciative of the classic work of a 13th...continued
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“A beautiful mash-up of music, physical theater … and ancient Persian poetry.” —”Washington Post_":http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/play-review-the-conference-of-the-birds-at-the-folger-theatre/2012/10/30/8e512cfc-21f6-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276astory.html
Stage version by Jean-Claude Carrière and Peter Brook
Based on the poem by Farid Uddi Attar
Directed by Aaron Posner
Original music performed by Tom Teasley
A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine.
“The Conference of the Birds is equal parts hero’s quest, moral fable, tall tale, adventure story, religious parable, buddy movie, and poetic flight of fancy,” says director Aaron Posner. “It is an astonishing work, and, hopefully, unlike anything you have likely ever seen before.”
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