A Thousand Doorways

“There’s one world, a thousand doorways.” Kurdish saying

A Thousand Doorways is the true account of Diane’s decade long quest to document the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey. The performance takes us on an exotic journey from Diane’s first humorous meetings with carpet dealers and chain-smoking octogenarians to her travels up sheer mountain passes to the remote Kurdish villages usually forbidden to outsiders.

“Diane Edgecomb’s performance of A Thousand Doorways is a tour de force in every way. The story of her adventures in the Kurdish region of Turkey is courageous and deeply evocative, by turns terrifying, hilarious, enchanting and poignant. Her delivery of this incredible story is impeccable, bringing to life every character she meets with vivid style.

Diane in character as Old Kurdish Storyteller

Diane telling the Kurdish folktale: Eggs of the Ancient Tree

From her intrepid and entrepreneurial mountain guide, to the refugee boy who has lost his front teeth due to torture, to the feisty grandmother who spins magical ancient tales and then invites her to “skypee,” every person is unforgettable. A Thousand Doorways will leave you irrevocably and powerfully changed.”

Genevieve Aichele, Artistic Director, New Hampshire Theatre Project, Portsmouth, NH


A Thousand Doorways will be at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for an 18 performance run this August 2017: Tickets and further information!

A Thousand Doorways has been featured at:
National Storytelling Festival, Tennessee
United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City
Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA
Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester, MA
Pontine Theatre, Portsmouth, NH

Diane’s groundbreaking book:  A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales is the result of years of travels and meetings with Kurdish storytellers and scholars and is the first collection of Kurdish folktales to be published in English.