October 11 - November 01, 2008

A Staged Reading

October 11 & November 1, 2008

Written by Yusef Komunyakaa with Chad Gracia
Directed by Jennifer Shook

Featuring: Minita Gandhi, Josh Hoover, Matt Fletcher, Tanya Chu McBride, Gabe Ruiz, Jenn SavaRyan, Isaac Sernoffsky, and Dwight Sora

Music direction by Robert Steel
Visual design by Allie Herryman

The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago
Saturday, October 11 at 2:00pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Saturday, November 1 at 6:00pm

The great Mesopotamian epic, the veritable ur-tale, is re-imagined as a powerful verse play by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and New York University professor Yusef Komunyakaa in collaboration with dramaturg Chad Gracia. Infused with powerful drama and human longing, the play captures historical narrative through a contemporary yet seemingly timeless lens.

Followed by a Q & A session with playwright Yusef Komunyakaa and dramaturg Chad Gracia.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Poetry Foundation.