An unexpected meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This deeply moving, richly humorous story takes us to the remote mountains of Turkish-Kurdistan in search of the last Kurdish storytellers as we encounter the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.
“There’s one world, a thousand doorways.” Kurdish saying
A Thousand Doorways is a solo performance in one act with a running time of one hour and thirty minutes. Transitions between characters are instantaneous except in the case of the Old Kurdish Woman who has separate costume pieces and is always seated upon a traditional Kurdish carpet. Based entirely on true events, A Thousand Doorways is the story of one woman’s journey to the heart of an ancient culture, that of the Kurds of Turkey. A storyteller herself, the narrator finds herself swept into a world of danger and oppression as she travels to remote mountains, places forbidden to outsiders, in an attempt to gather the folkloric tales of the last Kurdish storytellers. The resilience of the Kurds, their humor and heart in the face of every challenge, is revealed as the narrator finds that her search has now become a quest to uncover a touchstone for her own work. The piece is woven through with one of the stories gathered from the Kurdish tellers: “The Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” As it unfolds, the fairytale mirrors the Narrator’s own journey through a unique landscape where shepherds, mountain foods, guard towers, checkpoints, machine guns and chain-smoking storytelling grandmothers meet.
A Thousand Doorways, the true account of Diane’s travels among the Kurds of Turkey, has been presented at the prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, as part of the “That’s What She Said” – women’s voices series at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA and in the summer of 2016 it was part of Gloucester Stage Company’s Never Dark series. In 2017 it was part of Pontine Theatre’s season of work in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A Thousand Doorways also tours to colleges and universities and festivals throughout the US.