TRIA Theatre presents Gilgamesh and Enkidu by Ahmed Moneka (U.S. debut), Jesse LaVercombe and Seth Bockley

Photo: Bruce Silcox

June 7 at 7 p.m.
June 8 at 3 p.m. (includes a special post-show discussion with About Face Theatre Artistic Director Megan Carney and Artistic Associate Sheldon Brown)
June 9 at 6 p.m.
Edge Theater Off Broadway 1133 W. Catalpa
Runtime: 90 minutes

Tickets $25 General/$15 Students with ID


(This show contains some adult content that may not be suitable for all children under 12.)

A collaboration between Toronto-based musician/actor Ahmed Moneka and actor/writer Jesse LaVercombe with Chicago playwright and director Seth Bockley, this two-man epic reanimates the world’s oldest written narrative with maqam-style Iraqi music and 21st century biography, highlighting Moneka’s own exile from Baghdad. Gilgamesh and Enkidu fuses highly physical theatre, soul-filled musical expression, ancient text and intimate storytelling, illuminating the tale’s eternal mysteries of mortality and the universal balm of friendship.

Moneka, an internationally acclaimed artist, visits from Canada, where he sought political asylum.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu was developed in partnership with Tarragon Theatre, Guthrie Theatre and the support of Canada Arts Council and is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.

Ahmed Moneka
Seth Bockley
Jesse LaVercombe