My Name Is Inanna
by Ezzat Goushegir

Raw and brutal, My Name is Inanna is a passionate, lyrical story that blends myth and contemporary realities. The main character, named after Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, justice, and civilization, is a modern Middle Eastern woman poet and activist in search of identity and freedom. She flees the political tyranny of her home country after having been imprisoned for several years. After receiving political asylum in the U.S., land of democracy and social equality, she discovers unexpected limits to her freedom of speech as a second-class citizen. Marginalized as a pink-collar immigrant woman in the new society, she endures gender inequality, bigotry, and destitution. Seeking a new identity and justice she struggles to find her own place in the new society. Produced at Red Tape Theatre, fall 2021.

My Name is Inanna was performed to a live audience with a simultaneous live stream, with actors playing an integral part in camera operation & storytelling.

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Cast: Maryam Abdi, Nathaniel Andrew,  Tamsen Glaser, Yongwoo
Stage Director: Ali-Reza Mirsajadi 
Livestream DirectorAnna H. Gelman 
Stage Manager: Sam Flipp 
Live Stream SM: Lindsey Chidester 
Production Manager: Corey Bradberry 
Assistant Director: Mel Elkouz 
Scenic Design: Valeriya Nedviga
Scenic & Production Design: Yeaji Kim
Assistant Production Design: Parker Molacek
Lighting Design: David Goodman-Edberg
Associate Lighting Design: Hannah Wien
Costume Designer: Izumi Inaba*
Sound Design: Tim McNulty
Movement/Rhythm Directors & Choreographers: Phaedra Darwish & Kathie Cantone 
Dramaturg: Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel
Intimacy Director: Amanda Pulcini 

 

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Photos by Anna H. Gelman