The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest known pieces of literature. Its origin traces back to a series of Sumerian myths carved on 12 clay tablets and the story, together, tells the tale of King Gilgamesh, who searches for immortality following the death of his best friend.
In the fall of 2008 Silk Road Theatre Project produced a workshop version of the tale, as adapted by Yusef Komunyakaa and Chad Gracia, for the Chicago Humanities Festival. From the outset the piece was designed to be highly stylized and actor driven. With a minimal crew and an ensemble of dedicated actors we brought the epic to life on stage. The result was one of my favorite theatrical experiences because I got to be up close to the action – guiding the actors through manipulating the most basic materials – cloth, bamboo rods, and flashlights to create magical scenes of the journey.