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February 1, 2001

St. Edward's University presents: THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS

Magic and imagination! "The Conference of the Birds" is an allegorical rendering of Sufism–the secretive and paradoxical form of Islamic mysticism. Like Canterbury Tales, it consists of a group of short stories bound together by a pilgrimage.

All the birds of the world gather together on a hazardous journey to find their ideal king. At first enthusiastic, the birds soon find many excuses to end this important mission. Their leader, the Hoopoe, offers a series of riddles as he leads them through the Seven Valleys and a self discovery.

The cast features equity guest artists Melba Martinez and Bhagerit Crow, with live music from The Gypsies, world-class musicians devoted to playing indigenous Middle Eastern music. Productions of "The Conference of the Birds" can be enjoyed February 21 - March 4 at St. Edward's University's Mary Moody Northern Theatre located at 3001 South Congress Avenue. Show times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 448-8484 for reservations.

Written by Peter Brook
Based on the 12th Century poem by Farid Uddi Attar
Guest directed by Marjorie Hayes
Choreography by Bhagerit Crow
Live music by The Gypsies

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