Reid plays Ninshaba and others.
plays Asherah, Quaqsaya and others.
Angela Backman plays Batzabbay, The Magician, The Groom,
The Woman in Mourning, The Rat Sister and others.
The Kadin are played by Daryl Dickerson, Hep
Jamieson, Myrtle Wood.
Ninshaba we wanted to explore what would happen to the myth of the "father
hunt" if the genders were switched. The myth of the hero searching
for (being united with) the father is a perennial theme which shows
up in many diverse cultures. For our play we took two goddesses from
the Middle East (Asherah the earth/mother goddess, and Ninshaba, the
younger goddess of dreams and prophecy) and devised a story for them.
Ninshaba, a girl of the merchant class, dreams in a fever that Asherah,
the mother she has never known, will be discovered across a great fantastical
desert. Ninshaba crosses the desert and undergoes many trials on her
way to see Asherah. She does not meet her mother until she agrees to
give up her life. Her act of self-negation is accepted as a sign of
devotion and, in the end, Ninshaba is united with Asherah. By this reunion,
Ninshaba discovers her own divinity as a goddess."