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My Name is Inanna | Reading by Maryam Abdi

Event Type
Performance
Sponsor
College of Fine and Applied Arts, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, and Krannert Art Museum
Location
Krannert Art Museum - Lower Level, Hood Classroom
Date
Feb 18, 2022   1:00 - 3:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
Campus Wellbeing Services - ALL UIUC Wellness Events

Join us for My Name is Inanna, a play by Ezzat Goushegir, the resident playwright of Chicago, performed by Maryam Abdi as part of the exhibition Reckless Law, Shameless Order: An Intimate Experience of Incarceration. There will be a Q & A after the show, moderated by Bob Jenkins.

About the Play

Raw and brutal, My Name is Inanna is a passionate, lyrical story that blends myth and contemporary realities. The main character, named after Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love, justice, and civilization, is a modern Middle Eastern woman poet and activist in search of identity and freedom. She flees the political tyranny of her home country after having been imprisoned for several years. After receiving political asylum in the U.S., land of democracy and social equality, she discovers unexpected limits to her freedom of speech as a second-class citizen. Marginalized as a pink-collar immigrant woman in the new society, she endures gender inequality, bigotry, and destitution. Seeking a new identity and justice she struggles to find her own place in the new society.

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