An image from a performance of Arabian TalesThe Washington Post ran an article yesterday about the Jordanian-American play, Arabian Tales, currently in performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. For those living in the DC-Metro area, make sure to check out this joint US-Jordanian initiative. Our friend and fellow blogger Laith Majali (2nd from left in pic) is one the play’s main actors, playing the role of the Arab explorer Ibn Battuta. Here is an excerpt from the Post’s article:

The music surrounds you, mysterious and thrilling, the undulating rhythms and exotic melody conjuring up moonlight on silvery desert sands. But you’re snapped back to reality as choreographer Rania Kamhawi barks out commands. This isn’t a dreamy Arabian oasis; it’s a rehearsal for Walking the Winds: Arabian Tales, which opens Friday in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. But the magic works for a moment, and the gritty work of preparing a world premiere musical drops away, transporting you to faraway places and long-ago times.