Sufi poet's work, life brought to stage

Ashland Contemporary Theatre will host "An Evening with Rumi." A one-man performance accompanied by live musicians and dervish dancing, this event is offered for one night only, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

In this vivid montage of Rumi poetry and first-person narrative threads, the life, levity and luminosity of Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi comes alive, as award-winning actor Dan Furst presents the revered and irreverent poet Rumi. Furst presents a script based on translations from Coleman Barks, Kabir Helminski, and Jonathan Star. With sound and mood-scape accompaniment by musicians Seabury Gould on bamboo flute and bouzouki, Marco Zonka on percussion and vocal textures, and dervish turning by Yahya Suzanna Nadler, an atmosphere of earthy and ecstatic passion and reflection is evoked through dramatic action, verse, and song.

The performance will take place at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland.

Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors and $8 for students, and can be purchased at Paddington Station in Ashland or Grocery Outlet in Medford. See or watch a YouTube clip at

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