The Epic of Gilgamesh (the oldest surviving piece of literature) is told within the story of Ahmed and Jesse, two actors from other countries (one a refugee from Baghdad, the other from Minnesota) who meet in Toronto when both are on the cusp of a big life event (birth of a child, potentially career-changing movie role). They bond over a magic mushroom, and morph back and forth from themselves to Gilgamesh and his friend, the wild man Enkidu. We follow the two parallel stories several millennia apart, a story of friendship and of grappling with the existential ideas of life and death.
|Ahmed Moneka and Jesse LaVercombe|
(photo by Buce Silcox)
One of the best parts of #TCTheater is the incredible amount of new work that's created here. And while it's not an entirely local production, King Gilgamesh & The Man of the Wild does have some roots in #TCTheater and was partly developed here. I'm so glad they brought the finished product to us, a really inventive piece of music-theater-storytelling that's as epic and ancient as it is modern and relatable. There's a reason this old story continues to be told, and the creators have done a wonderful job of showing us why and tying its themes to today's world and our own life experiences. This was my first show of 2023, and it's a promising start to another great year of theater.