Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic "Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic" is a story of how Man went from Animal to God, told in the form of an epic rock opera with a live band. Power. Kingdoms.
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Lust. And the Will of one (anti-) hero who wants to do everything he can to conquer the one enemy he cannot beat: Death. Based on the epic from Mesopotamia, one of the oldest pieces of literature known to us today, "Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic" is a story of how Man went from Animal to God, told in the form of an epic rock opera with a live band. We bring together the rocky deserts of the mythical Middle East and the electrifying energy of Rock to challenge the gods themselves. Shows: April 1 - 4, 2015 Book and Lyrics: Peter Petkovsek Composer: Ian Wehrle Producer: Jenny Ainsworth (Invisible Wall Productions) Musical Director: Ian Wehrle Choreographer: Musa Hitomi Assistant Choreographer: Jarvis Griggs Scenic Design: Kimie Nishikawa Costume Design: Brynn Almli Lighting Design: Yuki Nakase Sound Design: Ian Wehrle Graphic Design: Eva Mlinar Production Stage Manager: Zhenghao "Z" Zhang Stage Manager: Miranda Swineford Assistant Stage Manager: Kirk Laing General Manager: Invisible Wall Productions Company Manager: Caolan Hunter Cast: Matthew Dunivan* - Gilgamesh Ben Mulgrew - Enkidu Khadija Sallet - Shamhat Taryn Tonelli* - Ishtar Carson Grant* - Narrator/Uta-napishti Ensemble: Ambar Aranaga, Elena Glass*, Justy Kosek, Mary Linehan*, Christopher Morriss, Jillian Schiralli, Zach Solomon, Viet Vo* *Denotes member of Actor's Equity http://columbiastages.org/season/2015/ppetkovsek.html

Operating as usual

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08/22/2015
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Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic director Peter Petkovsek talking about his new show, The Weird Tree @ FringeNYC , and Gilgame...
08/10/2015
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Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic director Peter Petkovsek talking about his new show, The Weird Tree @ FringeNYC , and Gilgamesh. It's one of his favorite projects, and is still working on it! The Weird Tree opens on Sunday.

"Here come the waters of the world..."Day 1: Band Trax
06/10/2015

"Here come the waters of the world..."

Day 1: Band Trax

Congrat's to the Tony Awards winners Sunday night! We'll see you there soon! Meanwhile, say "Hi" to the band in the stud...
06/10/2015

Congrat's to the Tony Awards winners Sunday night! We'll see you there soon! Meanwhile, say "Hi" to the band in the studio during our first recording session!

04/05/2015

Can't quite believe that it's over! (For the moment at least - who knows what the future holds.....)
Thank you to EVERYONE who was a part of it - our wonderful actors, designers, band and crew!
Massive thanks to our Indiegogo supporters, and of course a GIGANTIC THANK YOU!!!! to everybody who came to see the show!!!
We'll put some photos up when we get them, but apart from that......
'til next time!

04/04/2015

It's the final day! But you still have two more chances to catch the show 2:30pm and 8pm today.
Pre-sale tickets sold out on the web, but there are tickets available at the door. Box Office opens 45min before the show.

We had a wonderful opening night! Thanks to all who came and supported us!And thanks to Invisible Wall Productions and B...
04/02/2015
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We had a wonderful opening night! Thanks to all who came and supported us!
And thanks to Invisible Wall Productions and Bibi Wine Bar for hosting a brilliant Opening Night Party!!
Only 4 more shows! Tickets available at the door.

A hidden neighborhood gem with a wide selection of wine

IT'S OPENING NIGHT!!!Our Gilgamesh is a very talented photographer (www.matthewdunivanphoto.com) and he took a whole lot...
04/01/2015

IT'S OPENING NIGHT!!!
Our Gilgamesh is a very talented photographer
(www.matthewdunivanphoto.com) and he took a whole lot of photos on his phone during tech. While we don't want to ruin the surprise of the show, here are some super secret shots of tech to whet your appetite!!
Also, our Indiegogo campaign is still running, so please help us out and donate! Thanks to Joy Schroder and Janez Svet for their donations!! www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

03/31/2015

We are SOLD OUT on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday night, with tickets running out the door for Friday and Saturday matinee.
GOOD NEWS though! We are reserving a limited number of tickets for door sales, and will have a wait list available as well. Box office will open 45 min before each show.

03/30/2015

Woohoo!!!! Tech has finished, we managed a full run of Act 1 and WE BROKE THE $5000 MARK IN OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!!!!!
Thanks go to Beth Wann, Jose Gandia, Andrew Cameron, and an Anonymous Donor who lives on a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean called Norfolk Island.
We LOVE that we get donations from all around the world and are thrilled to have such an International team, and such a diverse group of supporters!!!
So THANK YOU, HVALA, GRACIAS!!! to all of our donors.
There's still time to contribute! :-)

It's tech weekend! And that means Mexican for dinner break :-)Now back to the theatre to finish teching Act 1.
03/28/2015

It's tech weekend! And that means Mexican for dinner break :-)
Now back to the theatre to finish teching Act 1.

It's Thank You Thursday!!! A huge big THANK YOU!!! to those who have donated this week: Jane Wynter, Valerie O'Hara , Cl...
03/26/2015

It's Thank You Thursday!!! A huge big THANK YOU!!! to those who have donated this week: Jane Wynter, Valerie O'Hara , Clare Herschell, Michael Donaldson, and our Anonymous Australian! You're all fabulous! We gift you some slightly ambiguous photos taken in the Connelly theatre over the last week in return.
We open in a week, so buy your tickets, and please, if you haven't already, donate to our Indiegogo campaign! There's still time!
igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

On Stage
03/24/2015

On Stage

"Uruk was one of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia. The historical King Gilgamesh probably raised its walls, which archaeologists have determined had a perimeter of six miles. Today its ruins rest near the town of Warka, in southern Iraq, about a third of the way from Basra to Baghdad"

Ticket sales are going well, so get in quick and book!Opening night (Wednesday April 1) is "sold out" as we have a Colum...
03/24/2015
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Ticket sales are going well, so get in quick and book!
Opening night (Wednesday April 1) is "sold out" as we have a Columbia event that night. More tickets will be released for that night on Monday March 30 when we know attendance at that event, so don't fear if that is the only night you can come!!
We will also have a wait list at the theatre every night.

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It's the birthday of our director and book writer/lyricist today!!!! Happy happy birthday Peter Petkovšek!!All he wants ...
03/20/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

It's the birthday of our director and book writer/lyricist today!!!! Happy happy birthday Peter Petkovšek!!
All he wants for his birthday is cold hard cash!
.........to be donated to the Gilgamesh Indiegogo campaign. www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical
Can you help to make his birthday wish come true and help us reach $5000 today?

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

SO much to be grateful for on this Thank You Thursday!!!It's the cast's first day on stage, and they've had a heap of fu...
03/20/2015

SO much to be grateful for on this Thank You Thursday!!!
It's the cast's first day on stage, and they've had a heap of fun playing with the set! Here are some photos from rehearsal today. Set is still to be finished (the ladders and scaffolding certainly won't be there on April 1 for our first performance!
We also want to say a huge THANK YOU!! to Peter Weiss and Ginger Reiter for donating to our Indiegogo campaign and to Rattlestick Theatre for giving us paint!
www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical
Tickets on sale now!

Gilgamesh wishes everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!He also implores you to donate to www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusica...
03/17/2015

Gilgamesh wishes everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!
He also implores you to donate to www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical so that he never has to be subjected to a truly terrible MS Paint job ever again! (And, you know, to fund the green Guinness ;-) )

03/17/2015
GILGAMESH: A MUSICAL EPIC

Columbia Stages is featuring Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic on their page. Stay tuned for lots more things Gilgamesh! He's coming to take over New York!

Debut Performance April 1-4th at the Connelly Theater, NYC. Produced by Columbia Stages and Invisible Wall Productions www.gilgameshthemusical.com gilgamesht...

BREAKING NEWS!!!!We're on Broadwayworld.com!Tickets on sale now! web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34263/1427860800000
03/16/2015
Columbia Stages to Present GILGAMESH - A MUSICAL EPIC

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
We're on Broadwayworld.com!

Tickets on sale now! web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34263/1427860800000

Power. Lust. Friendship. Legacy. What matters in a human life? Gilgamesh, the larger-than-life King, travels to the end of the world to find out. Based on the epic from Mesopotamia, one of the oldest pieces of literature known to us today, GILGAMESH - A MUSICAL EPIC is a coming of age story depictin…

On this Thank You Tuesday, we gift you some photos from a recent rehearsal!  Hvala!! Thanks! Merci! Gracias! to our gene...
03/16/2015

On this Thank You Tuesday, we gift you some photos from a recent rehearsal! Hvala!! Thanks! Merci! Gracias! to our generous donors Ana Petko, Belinda Morriss and Anonymous.

We are moving into the theatre this week, so PLEASE help us reach our target and donate at igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

Tickets are NOW ON SALE!!!web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34263/1427860800000

WE'RE HALFWAY TO OUR GOAL!!!!! (Almost - we still need $4 to get there technically)HUGE massive THANK YOU and MERCI to o...
03/05/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

WE'RE HALFWAY TO OUR GOAL!!!!! (Almost - we still need $4 to get there technically)
HUGE massive THANK YOU and MERCI to our phenomenal Australian donors, Pearl Kermani and Anonymous, and our favourite femme fatale Frenchwoman Anouk Kemp. Most amazingly of all, one of our fantastic Equity actors has sponsored one of our amazing Non-Equity actors!!! Carson Grant, your enthusiasm and support for this show brings us to tears!!!

Anyone else want to cause me to cry with joy? Or get us *officially* to/past our half-way mark?

Donate!!
igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

It's a very special Thank-you Thursday as yesterday was our first rehearsal!!  So we took some photos - consider it our ...
02/26/2015

It's a very special Thank-you Thursday as yesterday was our first rehearsal!! So we took some photos - consider it our thank you gift to you! So, THANK YOU, HVALA, GRACIAS, MERCI, DANKE to Nicole Aubrey, Kristina Rihter, Marjetica Strukelj Lapajne, Katarina Bevc and Miha Hribernik. You all ROCK!

Anyone else want to join the party? Join us by donating at
www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

First rehearsal for the April Run tomorrow night!We just broke $3000. Woo!! Can you help us reach our half way goal?Dona...
02/24/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

First rehearsal for the April Run tomorrow night!
We just broke $3000. Woo!! Can you help us reach our half way goal?
Donate $100 today!

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

It's THANK YOU THURSDAY!!!! Which means it's time to say Ta! Thanks! Merci! Hvala! Gracias! Xie xie! to the fabulous peo...
02/19/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

It's THANK YOU THURSDAY!!!! Which means it's time to say Ta! Thanks! Merci! Hvala! Gracias! Xie xie! to the fabulous people who have contributed to our fundraising campaign this week: Jane Aquilina, Alice Xie, Marko Petkovsek, Vicki Olsson, Lorcan Lp , Nicholle Kun and our anonymous donor!

We have a diverse group of people donating to Gilgamesh - Slovenians, Australians, Americans and French! It makes us happy to have so much support from around the world!
But we need more! So, please, if you haven't already, throw Gilgamesh a couple of kopeks so he can buy a shirt and cover up his tats :-)

igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical.com

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Enkidu feels cold!Help us buy him a nice warm coat.  Do you think our costume designer would like this one?igg.me/at/gil...
02/16/2015

Enkidu feels cold!
Help us buy him a nice warm coat. Do you think our costume designer would like this one?

igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

It is time to shout out to the world THANK YOU! MERCI! HOLA! HVALA! to all the simply magnificent people who have donate...
02/13/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

It is time to shout out to the world THANK YOU! MERCI! HOLA! HVALA! to all the simply magnificent people who have donated to our indiegogo campaign this week and helped us reach 15% of our goal in our first week of fundraising. So, thank you Daniel Goscicki , Natalie Gershtein, Aaron Simms, Vijay Bethi, Rok Robežnik, Aurora Eff and our anonymous donors. You light the fires of our heart, and the volcano that is Humbaba.

To everyone else; Feed the actors, 10 bucks a bag. Ten bucks. Ten bucks. Ten bucks a bag! (Whoops! Wrong musical :-S Hehe)

igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

It's lucky we have a fabulous stage manager ( Zhenghao Zhang ) on board because it's going to be tough scheduling rehear...
02/12/2015
Q2Q Comics #150: Scheduling Magic

It's lucky we have a fabulous stage manager ( Zhenghao Zhang ) on board because it's going to be tough scheduling rehearsals around the survival jobs of 13 actors, a director, music director, pianist and band members. Help Z out and donate to our indiegogo so that the actors can spend more time in rehearsal and less time serving!
www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

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Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic is written by two straight men.  I wonder what their favourite musicals are! Are they on the ...
02/11/2015
What a Straight Man’s Favorite Musical Says About Him.

Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic is written by two straight men. I wonder what their favourite musicals are! Are they on the list? If not, what does their favourite musical say about them?

(don't forget to donate - www.igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical)

The Music Man He logged more than 50 hours of detention in high school. Les Miserables He took inspirational school assemblies very serious...

What a huge and brilliant weekend! We had a packed house for our Staged Reading, and it was a great success :-)  The aud...
02/09/2015
CLICK HERE to support Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic

What a huge and brilliant weekend! We had a packed house for our Staged Reading, and it was a great success :-) The audience liked it, and the feedback they gave us was incredibly insightful and will be hugely useful for developing the show over the next two weeks.

As well as developing the work further before we start rehearsals again, we need to raise money for the show and bring it to life!
Please help us out and donate!

igg.me/at/gilgameshthemusical

Some quotes from the feedback forms:
"I would recommend this show to my friends and describe it to them exactly as it is billed - A Musical Epic"
"I thought the music was great throughout - especially the ensemble, who contribute so much to the show's ambiance"

Gilgamesh. King. Tyrant. God? An Epic Musical Tale of One Man's Quest for Immortality. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

The cast is back in the rehearsal room, with only a day left before our reading:      Tomorrow (Saturday 2/7) @ 3pm (Mid...
02/06/2015

The cast is back in the rehearsal room, with only a day left before our reading:

Tomorrow (Saturday 2/7) @ 3pm (Midtown Location)

- Click link or talk to a cast member for more info! -

Taryn Tonnelli celebrated her birthday by hitting some awe-inspiring notes as Ishtar, the goddess of love and war!

If you haven't yet, RSVP for the reading, [email protected] or via our website, gilgameshthemusical.com

02/01/2015
GILGAMESH TRAILER

The cast is off from rehearsals for a few days preparing for our staged reading next week on:

Saturday, Feb 7, 3pm.

So until we're back, enjoy this lovely promo, and share it with your friends!

If you would like to attend the reading, email [email protected] or RSVP via our website, gilgameshthemusical.com

GILGAMESH TRAILER: http://youtu.be/C9zTii5jPJA

This video is about GILGAMESH PROMO

It's cold outside! We're being kept warm by the heat of the chemistry between Shamhat and Enkidu as she turns him from A...
01/31/2015

It's cold outside! We're being kept warm by the heat of the chemistry between Shamhat and Enkidu as she turns him from Animal to Man :-) How are you keeping warm?
Khadija Sallet plays Shamhat and Ben Mulgrew plays Enkidu, lead by our fearless composer Ian Wehrle.

We had a BRILLIANT first rehearsal last night! We have some seriously talented people involved in this show :-) Another ...
01/30/2015

We had a BRILLIANT first rehearsal last night! We have some seriously talented people involved in this show :-)
Another rehearsal tonight in preparation for our reading on Saturday 7th February. Can't wait to hear more of the songs!

Pictured are Peter Petkovsek - Director and Writer; Ian Wehrle - Composer; Robert Agis - Gilgamesh; Ben Mulgrew - Enkidu; and Taryn Tonelli - Ishtar.

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