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The Legend of the Serpent King - Brooklyn, NY

  • Park Slope Library 431 6th Ave. at 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA (map)

Join us for this free presentation at the Park Slope Public Library

Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King is an exciting shadow play performance that retells a classic tale from the Shahnameh or Book of Kings, originally penned in the tenth century AD by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi. The story tells of the misguided Prince Zahhak who is easily swayed by the devil to do away with his crowned father and usurp the thrown. Soon after, King Zahhak is duped again by the devil whose seemingly respectful kisses turn into monstrous snakes that grow out of the king’s shoulders. The Serpent King grows infamous throughout the land for his treachery and oppression of the known world. He rules for one thousand years before a noble and valiant young Iranian man named Feraydun gains the strength and army to defeat the unjust King. Inspired by Hamid Rahmanian’s seminal book, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings. (In English, 20 minutes)

Written and Directed by Hamid Rahmanian
Performed by: Yahya Allhansa, Leila Ghasnavi, Jon Riddleburger, Headyat Shafeei and Ian Sweetman

Event Details

Age Group: Kids, 5 years and above

Presented as part of Día! Diversity in Action; for more information about multicultural programs in libraries, visit

Funding for this event is provided by the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library.

Earlier Event: April 16
Cambridge, MA - Fitzgerald Theater
Later Event: May 15
NYC - MET Museum