Production Company: Hakawati

Directors: Sona Tatoyan, Jeremy Boxer


Azad ( “Free” in Armenian) is a kaleidoscopic story within a story within a story centered on a storyteller’s discovery of her great-great grandfather’s shadow puppets in Aleppo during the Syrian war. A century after he salvaged his family and his art from the Armenian Genocide, she unearths a trunk in the attic of the family home, filled with his handmade puppets and ancient magic tricks. This journey leads our storyteller to discover 1001 Nights and ScherAzad (the bold, brilliant weaver of tales who counters destruction with creation) and catalyzes an epiphany: the frame story of 1001 Nights is a story of how trauma transpires and how it is healed.

Azad is an immersive, magical, theatrical experience. It weaves together the classical art of oral Middle-Eastern storytelling with centuries-old Anatolian Karagöz shadow puppets as well as the sounds and smells of Aleppo.

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Cast: Sona Tatoyan

Platform: Theatre