Sarah May Redmond and Alec Willows in the Working Spark Theatre production of Ghosts in Baghdad. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Sarah May Redmond and Alec Willows in the Working Spark Theatre production of Ghosts in Baghdad. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Vancouver playwright Michelle Deines brings her story based on the 2003 looting of the National Museum of Iraq in the Working Spark production of Ghosts in Baghdad.

Directed by John Murphy, and featuring a cast that includes Alec Willows, Sarah May Redmond, Gili Roskies and Joshua Drebit, Ghosts in Baghdad is about one man’s struggle to save all that he loves from the forces of greed and warfare.

Traumatized by years of living in a war-torn city and weary from a lack of purpose, Khalil finds solace in the closed halls of the Iraq Museum, while Malika struggles between her desire to leave, and loyalty to both her work and dear colleague. Their isolation is shattered, however, when a young street kid named Dawood, comes to the museum. He says he has an ancient mask, a prized artifact that has been missing since the 2003 looting, but has secretly been sent there by the street hustler Hamza, who has an agenda of his own. Secrets are uncovered, bringing the characters into a heated final confrontation brimming with desperation, betrayal, and a fight over the very survival of culture itself.

Culture Vulture David C Jones speaks with playwright Michelle Deines and actor Josh Drebit to find out more.

Ghosts in Baghdad plays Little Mountain Gallery (195 East 26 Ave) from March 27 – April 6.  Visit http://workingspark.com for tickets and information.