Zanobia ! / Captivating Beauty.

One Act play in five captivating scenes . Hoping the readers will enjoy reading the play and have an idea of the Arabian enchanting nights.

SCENE ONE: A cabaret shaped like a huge  Arabian tent,decorated with the portraits of Salama wearing her belly dance costumes .

In front of the cabaret’s entrance there are belly dancers,clowns , magicians, acrobats,singers, musicians,animals with their trainers,all performing  their skills .At the left side of the cabaret’s there is what it look like a box office  selling tickets for a long  line of customers ,who came to see the most beautiful belly dancer in pearl islands the charming Salama.

SCENE TWO:Salama sitting on her throne behind the curtain of the stage.More than five girls helping her to get ready for her show.Salama , she been called by her admirers  ,the princess of the night ,lady enchantment , the queen of hearts who brightens the darkness of their lives.Salama ,tall seductive brunette ,with long black silky hair,her eyes can melt whoever looks at them.Men are her hobby.She captivates them with her fairness.She makes them move around by the tip of her finger.Her wishes are their command.At times she dallies them and other times she burns their hearts with the desires ,to touch her,to kiss her to make love to her.Occasionally she delays her appearance on the stage to kindle their madness.The heavens have bestowed on her  charm and glamor beyond imagination.

The drums begin to fill the cabaret with sweet rhythms ,the curtain slowly begins to open,and tens of belly dancers and musicians enter the stage ,behind them appears Salama .The whole cabaret becomes like a volcano,the admirers shouting :sho hal jamal, sho hal halla sho hal awaam.(What a beauty , O h,What a body,oh what seductive moves.)Salama changes her costume five times on the stage behind a curtain,while the intoxicated audience shout very loud to show herself to them. they begin to throw at  her feet on  the stage gold coins ,flowers ,golden scarfs  with imprinted hearts .

SCENE THREE:Salama raises her arm while sitting on her throne  at the center of the stage  ,and points at one of the admirers to  sit next to her.He had captured her attention and awakened her desire to spend the night with her.She does this twice a week .Few get to be lucky,the rest go back home with  broken hearts.,suffering the agony of defeat at the sight.

ACT TWO-SCENE ONE:Salama  is sitting on her throne next to her there is a huge wheel with empty spaces , every admirer writing his name on a piece of paper and putting it in one of the empty space.Salama invented this game . She gives the signal to let the wheel to turn.On whoever ‘s name the wheel stops will be declared the winner .His reward is to spend the night with Salama.

SCENE TWO;The celebration begin ,the music fills the air,belly dancers join the crowd ,drinks are free for the whole night.While the party is going on Salama leads the lucky winner to her chamber.

SCENE THREE;the center of the island is crowded with people there is a carnival.People buying tickets for the big event .The camels race.Before the race begin four muscular men carrying Salama on her throne .When they stop ,she steps out and gives the signal  to start the race.After the race Salama sings the crowed cheer.Suddenly Salama notices a knight ridding his Arabian horse .She leaves the stage and runs to meet him,it was love from the firs sight .He kept ridding and she kept running after him.He didn’t stop ,he didn’t care.her hair covering her face ,she falls twice .She began to shout :please l beg you let me talk to you ,please stop.’She falls a victim for the love she never believed in,she thought real love doesn’t exist.She began to cry ,the queen of the night ,became a captive  of one of the men.The knight stopped when he saw her crying.He came down and helped her to stand .When he moved her hair to see her face ,he was charmed by her beauty.The mayor  planned a big wedding party for both of them.The celebration began ,a seven days feast food,music and dance.The end.Jalal Michael Sabbagh.