GILGAMESH WHO SAW THE DEEP

Produced as part of the 2008 Capital Fringe Festival.

Gilgamesh, king of ancient Uruk and the most powerful man in the world, has grown bored and listless. To spur their hero to action, the gods present him with Enkidu–a man created by the gods, and Gilgamesh’s only equal. The two men form a powerful bond and set off on great adventures. But when Gilgamesh spurns the affections of Ishtar, goddess of sex and war, she retaliates by killing Enkidu.

His friend’s death sends Gilgamesh on a journey to the underworld and beyond, on a quest to confront the gods and demand they tell him why they cursed humanity with Death.(1 act, 60+ minutes)

This play was originally created in a devised process that included a group of actors and a director. The play has been performed with as few as 13 actors and as many as 17.  Creative casting, especially in terms of race and gender, is encouraged.

Character Breakdown:

STORYTELLER

GILGAMESH

ENKIDU

SHAMASH

ISHTAR

ENLIL

ENKI

UTNAPISHTIM

UTNAPISHTIM’s WIFE

CITIZEN ONE

CITIZEN TWO

CITIZEN THREE

CITIZEN FOUR

TRAPPER

DAUGHTER

HARLOT

HUMBABA

PEOPLE OF URUK

MOURNERS

Playwright’s note: Performers should also use their bodies and voices to create effects whenever possible. For example: the Flood, the denizens of the Underworld, the trees of Humbaba’s forest, the river that flows by Uruk, the hare that Ishtar kills, and any other effect possible.

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