'The Oldest Story in the World' at Southern Theater

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It may be known as an ancient story--if not the most ancient--but the new production of The Oldest Story in the World by Minneapolis-based Theatre Novi Most is a modern-day retelling that should render this tale anything but obsolete. Playing at the Southern Theater, audiences will experience contemporary physical theater, alongside original music.

The production, directed by Theatre Novi Most's Lisa Channer, will show this Friday until the beginning of October. It uncovers new perspectives in a reinterpretation of the epic of Gilgamesh. The Oldest Story in the World not only includes a reinvention through modernized movement, but also live music, monsters, floods, time travel, giant scorpions, magic potions, goddesses, and more. At the core, it's a story of the mistakes humans make, the lessons learned along the way, and living knowing one will die someday. 

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Originally called "Humanity's First Story," it was found carved into 11 clay tablets around 1700 BCE--a thousand years before The Iliad. Yet the production is still relevant today as it intertwines the lessons of Gilgamesh with present-day crises. By putting the ancient tale into a current landscape, this adaptation should bring audiences to examine current perspectives. 

This production includes work by playwright Kira Obolensky, and some of the metro's most talented physical actors. Audiences are reminded the show contains adult themes and nudity. The production will run from September 24 to October 3. Tickets range from $20 to $24.

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