A Thousand Doorways


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

View the video trailer below about the performance and the Kurdish Storytelling Project that began this entire journey…

A Thousand Doorways is the riveting true account of one woman’s perilous quest to preserve the culture of the Kurds. Learning of the silencing of their native language by Turkish laws, Diane journeyed to the remote mountain villages of Turkish-Kurdistan to gather the forbidden legends of these last Kurdish storytellers. The performance weaves together the true and folkloric stories Diane was entrusted with into a heartfelt and moving testament to these brave and resourceful people. Author of A Fire in My Heart, the first collection of Kurdish folktales to be published in English, Diane is also one of America’s leading storytellers, winner of the ORACLE award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast as well as five Storytelling World awards. “A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word, an entire cast rolled into one.” Publisher’s Weekly.

Video Testimonial from members of the Kurdish Community

Reflections on “A Thousand Doorways” from Kurdish community members from Diane Edgecomb on Vimeo.

“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 touring the UK this October, 2018


Kurdish Storytelling Project!: Diane’s ongoing efforts to continue to gather the vanishing folktales of the Kurds.

 A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales, by Diane Edgecomb. The result of years of travels, gathering stories and ongoing meetings with Kurdish storytellers and scholars, “A Fire in My Heart” is the first book of Kurdish folktales to be published in English.

A Thousand Doorways– the official show Facebook page has additional videos, moments of interest, reviews and more!