Pivot Arts is thrilled to present the World Premiere production of Gilgamesh and Enkidu by Seth Bockley, Jesse LaVercombe, and Ahmed Moneka in his U.S. debut! This original adaptation of the epic story of Gilgamesh is a fusion of physical theater, intimate storytelling and live Arabic style “maqam” music that highlights Moneka’s own exile from Baghdad.
Ahmed Moneka is an actor and musician originally from Iraq now living in Toronto as a refugee. He began to focus on theater that explored human rights and freedom while still living in Iraq. In 2015, the film The Society (the first film in Iraq about gay men, in which he was performing) screened at TIFF. He received threats from militias in Baghdad, preventing his return. In his new home in Toronto he continues his artistic pursuit to “help build a society where there is love.”
Director and playwright, Seth Bockley, is best known for his highly visual stagings with Redmoon Theater and his adaptations for the stage including 2666 at the Goodman Theatre in collaboration with Robert Falls. As a writer his works include the recent Tabletop Tragedies as part of the International Puppetry Festival and Rip Van Winkle; or, Cut The Old Moon Into Stars, at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and written up in the New York Times.
Co-creator, Jesse LaVercombe, is a Toronto-based actor and writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be performing in the piece and is known for his acting work on stage and feature films. His writing has received support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Audiences will have the opportunity to see Moneka perform in the United States for the first time and to see a highly original and compelling piece of theater with live music on June 7, 8 and 9 only!! Tickets are now on sale, visit: https://pivotarts.org/project/gilgamesh-and-enkidu/. For the complete Pivot Arts Festival line-up check out: pivotarts.org/festival. We are so excited about this show, join us!