A Thousand Doorways

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 is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkish-Kurdistan in search of the last Kurdish storytellers and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.

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

A Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey from Diane Edgecomb on Vimeo.

This riveting one woman performance by author, theatre artist and storyteller Diane Edgecomb tells of her decades-long quest to gather the vanishing folkloric tales of the Kurds of Turkey, a people forbidden by law to speak or write their native language. Diane’s performance traces the journey from her first meetings with Kurdish refugees to her decision to find and record the last Kurdish storytellers in their remote mountain villages, places usually forbidden to outsiders. Her project resulted in A Fire in My Heart: the first collection of Kurdish folktales ever to be published in English. Along with legends from her book and slides of the region Diane recounts anecdotes and enacts scenes depicting the brave and unusual people who shared their lives and their stories with her.

A Thousand Doorways, the true account of travels among the Kurds of Turkey, has been presented at the prestigious United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City and at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA. This summer – 2016 it will be part of Gloucester Stage Company’s Never Dark series.