"Leyli & Majnun" - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

“Leyli & Majnun”

A reexamination of the Middle Eastern epic story rumored to have inspired Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Torange Yeghiazarian’s adaptation will experiment with Iranian performance traditions, music and movement in an ensemble-driven creative process. Unlike traditional tellings, this adaptation will center the female character, Leyli, directly challenging the erasure of women’s experience in historic literary works.