Preview performance of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" in Berkeley's Ashby Theater

by Jahanshah Javid

Ashby Stage Theater in Berkeley, California, presents George Charbak's The Epic of Gilgamesh With A Long Prologue, August 16 through September 2, 2007.
PRESS RELEASE: "This play is based on historical imagination. The Epic of Gilgamesh is among the first writing in human history predating Homer by a thousand years. The story, discovered in the 1800s on clay tablets in the ruins of the royal library at Nineveh, is the ancient tale of Gilgamesh, the ruler of the city of Uruk in modern-day Iraq. Sumer, home of Gilgamesh was also the birthplace of language, law, and the ancestor of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The Epic of Gilgamesh With A Long Prologue tells this story playfully. The play is set in a museum, includes the original characters of the story, but relies on a Narrator who comments on the overall actions that take place." [Also see photo essay of earlier play reading]

These photos were taken during the preview performance of the play Thursday, August 16.

Roham Shaikhani (Gilgamesh), Hayedeh Doroudy-Ahi (Enkidu), Ana Bayat (Narrator), Bella Warda (Ishtar, Ninsun), Babak Mokhtari (Hunter, Man, Humbaba), Elias Protopsaltis (Shallut), Mike Green (Hanish), Samera Esmeir (Prostitute, Siduri), Larry Klein (Singer), Gail Starr and Ninva Bitmansour (Costume), Kim (Set Designer), Jim Cave (Light Design), Gretchen Werner (Stage Manager).�



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