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The Play

Who was Mary Magdalene and what was her message?
I am the utterance of my name: Divining Mary Magdalene is a new music-theater piece searching through the web of clashing myths, beliefs, symbols, and decrees surrounding Mary Magdalene to find her and the meaning of her radical Gospel.

Silenced as an apostle and framed as a prostitute, the manipulation of Mary Magdalene’s story was meant to undermine women’s leadership centuries ago, and its effects still shape our reality today.
The play illuminates the powerful, revolutionary message from her banned and buried 2nd Century text, “Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)”, lost for centuries.

A faithful witness, disciple, prostitute, apostle, a beloved, a hermit, tantric priestess, Goddess – for the past 2000 years, people have viewed, projected upon and defined Mary Magdalene in conflicting ways.

Equal parts theater, ritual and experimental music performance, the play draws from primary sources – Biblical, Gnostic, heretical, Medieval, and modern – creating a prismatic image of Mary Magdalene in seven apparitions. Her message as relevant now as it was 2000 years ago.

Created and performed by playwright/actress Sylvia Milo and composer/percussionist Nathan Davis, I am the utterance of my name: Divining Mary Magdalene, is their second collaboration after the critically acclaimed play, The Other Mozart, about the forgotten genius sister of Amadeus.

I am the utterance of my name is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support
of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

I am the utterance of my name was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, Anonymous.

I am the utterance of my name also received development support from Live Arts at the Morris Museum, PS21 Chatham, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), All for One, and TheatreLab.