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The Play

I am the utterance of my name, is a music-theater piece on Mary Magdalene, untangling the net of contradictions around her myths and symbolism. The play illuminates the prismatic beliefs, iconography, and decrees that have surrounded Mary Magdalene for 2000 years — ideas which fundamentally shaped our history and our reality today.

From the creators of The Other Mozart (the play about the forgotten genius sister of Amadeus): playwright/performer Sylvia Milo and composer/percussionist Nathan Davis.

Equal parts theater, experimental music performance, and ritual, drawing from diverse texts and primary sources – Biblical, Gnostic, heretical, Medieval, and modern – the play creates a prismatic image of seven apparitions of Mary Magdalene, portrayed by Milo. Davis plays instruments both ancient and modern – hammered dulcimer, harmonium, and hand drums – interweaving the sound design with field recordings from sites significant to the myths.



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 the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), All for One, and TheatreLab.