The Fifth String by Janet Sternburg

The Fifth String

The Fifth String, written by acclaimed poet and memoirist Janet Sternburg, begins by evoking a time of tolerance in Spain before 1492, when the proximity of races and religions produced poetry, music, and new ideas. A long-lost family manuscript sparks a journey across space and time, linking the expulsion of the Jews and Arabs to issues of the current day. The historical musician Ziryab joins up with three couples of various ages, along with Señor Truco (“The Trickster”), to embody such great cultural figures as Ibn Arabi and Maimonides, as well as the Jewish and Moorish exiles from Spain, and the displaced peoples of the modern era. Using poetry, song, humor, and history, The Fifth String finds a new vision. In the program note for the play, Sternburg writes, “I’ve placed the Andalusian time of creative ferment and expulsion in juxtaposition with our own time of diasporas and migrations.”

The Fifth String was co-produced by Padua Playwrights (Guy Zimmerman), directed by Alexis Macnab, with music by The Storytelling Band, and costumes and set by Kate Fry.

This is a special workshop presentation in association with LA/IAI, and is by invitation. For more information, contact ami.motevalli@lacity.org 

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This is a special workshop presentation in association with LA/IAI, and is by invitation.