Thoth is quite frankly, the god of balance. He makes himself know on the earth as well as above and below. His power and justice are recognized by the light and the dark. He is considered self-produced and is often sought out in matters of extreme discord between the gods. The Egyptians credited him as the author of all works of science, religion, philosophy, and magic, and his power and knowledge being rivalled only by Ra and Osiris.

Of her play about Thoth, Michelle Ianiro writes, “I was intrigued by the fact that I had never heard of THOTH before this commission. Learning about the unlimited power that THOTH had in the underworld, showed me that though he was considered very fair among gods and mankind, he could also be malevolent.

“How to introduce him to a modern world, where right and wrong are often blurred and good and evil greatly depends on which side of the line you are on.

I’m excited to bring a contemporary thriller, where THOTH is at the center of a competition. What would you be willing to sacrifice to make your dreams a reality? Are you willing to accept the cost of Cause and Effect?”

THOTH by Michelle Ianiro
Directed by Michelle Ianiro
Staged Reading on October 5, 2017 at the EXIT Theatre

Nikki Arias (Diana)

Robyn Grahn (Narrator)

Debra J. Harvey (Eleanor)

Beverly Christina McGriff (Young Diana)

Edgar Vega (Truman)

MICHELLE IANIRO is a relatively new playwright to the Bay Area. Her first full length play, Abigail Dreary, received two staged/directed readings and was fully produced in 2011 under Boxcar Theatre’s Side Car division. Since that time, Michelle has immersed herself in the playwriting community as both an actor and playwright. It is with great honor that Michelle has accepted this commission to participate as a playwright in the San Francisco Olympian’s Festival of 2017.

The image of Thoth was created by Brett Grunig.