From Inanna to Ivanka
By Andie Arthur
PlayGround Theatre celebrates fifth anniversary with a new production and Trump trunk shows
|Caroline Sa as Inanna in the PlayGround Theatre’s production of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree. Photo: Deborah Gray Mitchell
The story of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree is over 4,000 years old, but at the PlayGround Theatre in Miami, the story takes flight—literally and metaphorically.
Coming off of last year’s successful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, artistic director Stephanie Ansin has crafted a completely new world, which includes aerial choreography.
“Four actors learned how to fly for this show,” says Ansin..
Inanna and the Huluppu Tree’s roots are in a series of Sumerian myths that were written on clay tablets over 4,000 years ago. Inanna, the goddess of love, war and fertility, comes to visit her people and crown Gilgamesh the new king, as the old king has died. But Gilgamesh is nowhere to be found—he’s searching for the secret of immortality so no one will ever have to grieve like he grieves for his father. Inanna, in order help the people overcome their grief, plants a huluppu tree. The tree grows to become a great bearer of joy to the people, and when some gods decide to make it their home, Inanna seeks out Gilgamesh to help remove the creatures from the tree.