The Theater Offensive & Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Digital Production)
Created and Performed by Adil Mansoor
Co-Director: Lyam B. Gabel
Media Systems Designer: Joseph Amodei
Video / Media Designer: Bleue Liverpool
Sound Design: Aaron Landgraf
Creative Consultant: Sharlene Bamboat
Amm(i)gone, an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, is an apology to and from a mother.
Creator and performer Adil Mansoor explores queerness, the afterlife, and obligation using canonical texts, teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations between him and his mother. Since discovering his queerness, Mansoor’s mother has turned towards her faith in an attempt to save her son in the afterlife. In an effort towards healing, Mansoor has invited his mother to join him as dramaturg and co-conspirator. In reading, discussing, and translating various adaptations of the source play, together they mine Greek tragedy, Islamic traditions, and their own memories to create an original performance locating love across faith.
Can prayer substantiate care? Can care manifest as artistic methodology and inquiry? Can Mansoor and his mother contend with Antigone’s fate?