The Wives of the Magi — An Ecumenical Play with Music for December
Composer: Traditional music
Librettist: Theodore Shank and Adele Edling Sh
Original Cast: Roles: The wives of the three Magi: Amiranah, Grunwald, Shahrazad; The Magi: Jabbar Kahn (An Arabian-Asian Sultan), Eric Bluetooth (An old Viking), Shahrayar (A North African Sheik), Xquic (A Mayan girl travelling alone, looking for shelter); Other roles played by the 7 actors: A Buddhist monk, Stars, Captain of the guard, Kareem (A male servant), A Gladiator, Three Shepherds,
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: In an imaginary land long ago there were three tribal villages with leaders (magi) who feared and hated each other though they had never met. The play tells the story of what happens with Wives of the Magi while the Magi are off chasing a star. The mood is lyrical and comedic, but also suspenseful and it has poignant moments. It is intended for children and adults.
Length: 01:30
Musical Style: Borrowed and adapted from various folk traditions, includes some familiar Christmas songs and others not usually associated with Christmas. Some are to be chosen in collaboration with a musical arranger.
Contact: Theodore Shank
E-mail Address: tshank@ucsd.edu
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