One Evening, Two Arabian Nights

The Crossroads Repertory Theatre presents "1001 Arabian Nights."

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Photo: Tiara Watkins

Betsy Baer, Whitney Kos, and Carolyn Conover (kneeling), Michael Finchum (sitting), and Ryan Niemiller and Eric Wilburn (hiding).

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1,001 Arabian Nights

an adaptation of two of the tales by Jonathan Golembieki and Rachelle Martin Wilburn


ISU's New Theater

July 8 and 9 at 7:30, 10 at 4 pm and then into the rotating Repertory 2011

812 237 3333

The Crossroads Repertory Theatre’s literary manager Jonathan Golembieki says that he loves to tell stories in new and compelling ways. Meanwhile, the company’s property manager Rachelle Martin Wilburn says that she loves to shop.

The two are both hard-working theater people and playwrights who are working together to tell and outfit two classic tales in a production entitled 1,001 Arabian Nights.

Something New, Something Old

When it came to selection, Wilburn picked one of the less familiar classics.

“It’s about wishes that come true, and then are poisoned by jealousy. It’s called The Three Sisters.” To balance things, Golembieki chose to focus on adventure, with the more familiar tale of Aladdin.

One Cast, Two Shows

The cast for 1,001 Arabian Nights is mostly the same that’s playing in the musical Godspell, also at Crossroads. Golembieki and Wilburn are using some of their special talents and experience. “I’ve gotten pretty interested in musical theater,” says Golembieki, “and I’m having the actor who plays Scheherazade sing.”

Wilburn’s ideas for The Three Sisters have also been affected by the casting. “I hadn’t planned on it, but now The Three Sisters is going to include the use of masks.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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