US Premiere

Island of Animals

by Hafiz Karmali, based on the 10th century Islamic fable by Ikhwan al-Safa

The Case of Animals versus Man

Island of Animals

Once upon a time, storm winds cast a ship of diverse nations on the shore of an island inhabited by animals living in peace and harmony. The men hunted the animals convinced they held dominion over them. The animals took their grievance to the wise King of the Jinn who must now preside over The Case of Animals versus Man.

Drawing from theatre traditions East & West including Commedia dell arte, vaudeville, Khayal (the art of shadow puppetry evolved at Muslim court entertainments), and featuring world music, Island of Animals promises to be an entertaining performance of cross-cultural dimensions. The writing emulates the famous Sanskrit tales of Bidpai, Kalila wa Dimna and anticipates Attar’s Conference of the Birds by at least one hundred years; the Ikhwan al-Safa’s Island of Animals is an enlightening discovery of classical Muslim literature.

April 21, 2006 - May 15, 2006

Thick House

1695 18th St., San Francisco, CA

Written by Hafiz Karmali, based on the 10th century Islamic fable by Ikhwan al-Safa

Directed by Hafiz Karmali

Featuring Shruti S. Tewari, Drea Bernardi, Carol Ellis, Joseph Estlack, Sahar Hojat, Erika Salazar, John Sousa. Dancers: Aliah Najmabadi, Tara Pandeya.

Design Team: Kate Boyd (scenic & lighting), Mayu McCartt (costumes), David Slaza (projections)

In partnership with the Afghan Coalition and Ballet Afsaneh, and support from the Christensen Fund.

“Eye-catching production is a family-friendly menagerie with real philosophical meat” - San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Exotic stage pictures,” “Stunning costume design,” “Entertaining and educational” -San Francisco Bay Times

Cast & Crew

Hafiz Karmali

Director & Playwright

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We are grateful for the support of the following institutions:

The Christensen Fund, East Bay Community Fund, WESTAF, New England Foundation for the Arts

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