August Wilson Center
March 2 & 3
7 p.m. & 2 p.m.

The world’s longest epic poem written by an individual will captivate families at the next installment of the EQT Bridge Theater Series.

Traditional puppeteering and cutting-edge multimedia converge to share the legend of Zaul and Rudabeth, one of the stories found in the Persian Shahnameh. Also called “The Book of Kings,” the Shahnameh was written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Iran. Consisting of 50,000 two-line verses, it tells the mythical and historical past of the Persian Empire from the world’s creation to the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

Cinematic and multi-sensory, the show fuses puppets, storytelling, shadow casters and digital animation while depicting portions of the literary masterpiece.

Created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, in collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Production, the 70-minute show is produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions.

Looking for more adventurous theater for the tweens and teens in your life? Mark your calendar for “The Young King,” running May 17 – 20
at the Trust Arts Education Center. The series presents imaginative productions based on popular books, historical themes and current events for kids ages 7 to 15.

Buy tickets.