Prospect Theater Company is set to present the world premiere of One Thousand Nights and One Day Off-Broadway this spring. Based on Jason Grote's play 1001, the musical questions past and present images of the Middle East and shines a light on the power of myth and story in our everyday lives.
In One Thousand Nights and One Day a Jewish man and Palestinian woman fight to find love while living in New York. Simultaneously, in mythic Persia, a daring young woman spins tales to save the kingdom and her life.
The musical features a book and lyrics by Grote (1001; Shostakovich, or Silence), music by Marisa Michelson (Tamar Of The River, Naamah's Ark), and direction by Erin Ortman (For The Love Of; The Wading Pool). Performances will begin at ART/NY Mezzanine Theatre April 4 ahead of an official opening April 15. The limited engagement is scheduled through April 29.
Leading the cast will be Sepideh Moafi (The Deuce, Falling Water), who is joined by Ben Steinfeld (Fiasco Theatre Company's Into the Woods), Ashkon Davaran (The Great Comet), Layan Elwazani (We Live In Cairo), Chad Goodridge (Passing Strange), Gabriella Pérez (Anything Goes National Tour), and Graham Stevens (Peter and the Starcatcher). Further casting will be announced shortly.
One Thousand Nights and One Day will feature choreography by Karla Garcia, who is currently performing in Hamilton, scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West (The Royale, Illyria), costume design by Becky Bodurtha (The Strangest; The Wife), lighting design by Carolyn Wong (This Was Written In Water; The Oracle) and sound design by Jeremy J. Lee (Tamar of the River; Broadway Associate: Superior Doughnuts; Mary Stuart). Kurt Crowley (currently the musical director/conductor of Hamilton on Broadway) serves as musical director and co-orchestrator with Marisa Michelson.
The new musical has been developed with the support of New Dramatists, Montclair State University's New Works Initiative, Theatreworks Palo Alto, the York Theatre Company, and the Weston Playhouse.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting ProspectTheater.org or calling (212) 352-3101.