Every night, the King marries a virgin. Every morning, he chops off her head. The only person who can stop him is Scheherazade: a brave young woman with a crazy plan. With idiosyncratic wit and offbeat humour, Nobody’s Business Theatre explore an anachronistic world of fantastic opulence, daily Royal Weddings, and terrible secrets.
Inspired by the famous storyteller from 1001 Nights, this bold new play is part epic fable, part darkly erotic satire.
Written by Johnnie Walker
Directed by Morgan Norwich
Starring: Heather Marie Annis, Jasmine Chen, Lindsey Clark, Christopher Fowler, Matthew Gorman, Natasha Greenblatt, Omar Hady, Chala Hunter, Kat Letwin, Steven McCarthy, and Clyde Whitham
Designed by Adam Bourret
Costume design by Brook Alviano
Lighting design by Kaileigh Krysztofiak
Sound design by Gordon Hyland
Assistant Directed / Stage Managed by Darcy Stoop
Produced by Meara Tubman-Broeren
Previously performed at: The Next Stage Theatre Festival
“Johnnie Walker’s wonderful script strips the pomp and poetry from the classic tale to reveal and lampoon themes of sex, violence, misogyny, marriage, and gender… Scheherazade eschews the morals of the original parable and offers no easy answers, but plenty of food for thought.” – Torontoist (★★★★★)
“The boldest, zaniest, and most thought-provoking show.” – The Grid (9/10)
“Lots of biting humour and satire… great fun!” – NOW Magazine (NNNN)
“Fun-filled, finely crafted… and sexy as hell.” – Xtra!