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Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 7:30pm to Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 3:00pm
eXperimental Theater

Presented by: 

Digital Arts and New Media

Department of Performance, Play & Design

The mummy awakens in Amduat: The 12 Hours of Ra, an immersive multi-media theater experience, where humans become gods and museums come to life. Confronting the Egyptian-American diaspora, Amduat brings the audience on a journey through life and death over the course of one night. The audience is taken on a “docent” tour by major figures in Egypt’s Pharaonic age, encountering mythological counterparts to experience the duality of order and chaos.

The word “amduat” translates to “Text of the Hidden Chamber Which is the Underworld” and describes the land of the dead, its spirits, guardians, and threats. Amduat draws on interpretations of this text, along with historical events, to create a narrative that captures Ra’s death and rebirth, and the lifetime of conflict in first-generation American-Egyptians. The piece questions the legacies of colonialism in narratives and history, while highlighting the media’s role in perpetuating misinformation surrounding Egypt’s stories.

This production is written and directed by graduate student Laura Boutros and coincides with the DANM M.F.A. Exhibition.

Note: Attendees will not be seated; instead, they will move around in the space as if on a museum tour. Some limited seating may be available.
If you have a disability-related need, please contact the Arts Events Office at as soon as possible.
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COVID-19 protocols required for entry; please see below.
Attend in person:

Fri, May 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m
Sat, May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m
Sun, May 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
Thurs, May 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, May 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, May 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Sun, May 29, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Tickets available at in April.
Doors are scheduled to open to patrons 30 minutes prior to event start time.

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All attendees must wear an approved face covering while inside the venue for the duration of the event, and are required to show the following COVID-19 documents.
UCSC students: green clearance badge
UCSC employees: symptom check clearance email
1. Complete the UCSC Symptom Check on the day of the event and show the clearance email to the ushers at the door.
2. Show proof of vaccination -OR- negative PCR test completed within 72 hours (home tests/antigen tests are not accepted)
Please familiarize yourself with the full COVID protocols here; we recommend you review this in advance.

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Parking $5.
Purchase a permit in advance or use ParkMobile.
The closest parking lot to the Theater Arts Center is Lot #126.
See Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) for visitor parking information, ParkMobile instructions, and a campus parking map.

DANM M.F.A. website