A Cult if Isis, we enact an initiation ritual from an ancient Egyptian
Goddess cult. The audience sees the ritual performed three times. The
first time the four human participants speak in what sounds like ancient
Egyptian. The second time there is commentary by two spirits: Queen
Hatchepsut, who ruled 500 years previously, and the goddess Isis herself.
The third time we hear the words of the participants in English. However,
we discover that the Egyptians are not saying what we thought they were
saying. The initiate has coerced the cult into taking part in an elaborate
deception in order to dispose of a corrupt judge who is torturing her
daughter. A debate ensues over the proper role of the cult. The audience
sees the play twice and does really know until the third time what they
are really seeing. The Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble does not normally deal
with social or ethical issues. And indeed that is not the really focus
of this play; in fact it only occupies the last seven minutes. In addition
to the mythic aspects, A Cult if Isis explores the nature of storytelling
itself - as much as anything else.
-- Stephen Legawiec
“A Cult of Isis” was first presented at the A.S.K. Common
Ground Festival in June 2001 with the following cast: Isis: Dana Wieluns,
Queen Hatchepsut: Naila Azad, Priestess: Jenny Woo, Priest: Dean Purvis,
Woman: Lyena Strelkoff, Acolyte: Jennifer Chu.