Tuesday, July 12, 2011
My Name is Inanna at Mess Hall
“My Name is Inanna” was the first play in a quarterly reading series of “Theatre With Accent” at Mess Hall, Chicago on Friday January 28, 2011.
6932 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
Neighborhood: Rogers Park
The play was performed by Ezzat Goushegir and Kristin Lems
The main character Inanna, retrieved from the historical texts, the Sumerian goddess of love, justice and civilization, is a modern Middle Eastern woman who is in search of identity, justice and freedom. She leaves her mother country, where she had been imprisoned under the tyrannical regime for several years until she flees the country. After receiving a political asylum in the U.S., dreaming of democracy, she practices the expression of freedom of speech. But it is a crucial historical moment after the invasion of Iraq, and she is being arrested for her opposition to war in the Middle Eastern region. Handcuffed alone in a holding area, she speaks for 55 minutes, reliving her experiences of politics and incarceration in her native country, as well as those of her newly adopted country.
Rozalinda (The organizer) and her daughter
Watch excerpts of the reading in this link.
Pictures are taken by Sergio Daw and Mercede Majdi. Videography by sergio Daw.