Eye of the Lamb

by TRISTA BALDWIN

Summary



February 18-27, 2016
The Playwrights' Center (2301 Franklin Ave E, Minneapolis)
All tickets are pay-what-you-can.
$18 regular price; $25 superior price

February 18 at 8pm (Preview)
February 19 at 8pm (Opening Night)
February 20 at 8pm
February 21 at 3pm (Post-show discussion with the author)
February 22 at 8 pm (Industry Night)
February 25 at 8pm
February 26 at 8pm
February 27 at 3pm
February 27 at 8pm (Closing)


1920's Baghdad is brought to life as we hear the story of Gertrude Bell's improbable transformation from Victorian aristocrat to "queen" of Iraq. A death-defying, globe trotting adventurer, Gertrude (played by Annie Enneking) tells us how she gained "Personhood" in the Arabian Peninsula and drew the borders of modern day Iraq. EYE OF THE LAMB takes a frank look at British Imperialism in the Middle East and the contradictory woman who played a pivotal role in colonization, while simultaneously fighting against it.

Deconstructing the romanticism of the Orientalist movement of the 20's through multiple languages, music, and the lens of Gertrude Bell, we see a land on the verge of independence without the power to fully fight for it, faced with being ripped apart from within or being taken over from European powers on all sides. And in the middle of it all, the fiercely independent Gertrude, straddling sides, fighting for her own independence as she fights for the future of Iraq.

Enjoy the "Baghdad Cafe" band LIVE onstage playing "orientalist swing", parlour songs, and Tin Pan Alley classics from the teens and twenties. Munikantha Kulasinghe on Violin, David Wilhelm on Guitar, Cory Carter on bass and Jeremy Hauer on drums.

Eye of the Lamb is the fifth show directed for Workhaus by Jeremy Wilhelm (Feast of Wolves). The first in which his theater company, Wilhelm Bros. & Co., will specifically compose music for this production.

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Before the show, enjoy our Eye of the Lamb Art Gallery, with works selected by our Resident Curator, John Ilg, featuring works by Katayoun Amjadi, Catherine L. Johnson, and John Ilg.

Art Gallery opens at 7:15 each night; Show at 8pm.

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