RAG FUR BLOOD BONE: THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Michael Rau
Produced in 2009 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The epic of Gilgamesh is preserved on twelve clay tablets, assembled in ancient Mesopotamia by the priest Sin-liqe-unninni. Animals are mentioned once or twice in the early tablets, and then ignored. But three thousand years later, the tablets are falling apart, and animals are taking over the gaps. Set in present-day New York City and ancient Iraq, featuring the goddess Ishtar and police commissioner Bernard Kerik, this is a story of modern cities, ancient battles, homoerotic silences, and men who want to be gods. In RAG FUR BLOOD BONE, over 20 actors, musicians and Babylonian scholars assemble at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center to rip this tale open and eat its fucking heart.