by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare
Adapted from Homer, Translation by Robert Fagles
Previews on the Performance Patio: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29
In the Theater: Oct 5-6, 12-13, 26-27 at 7 pm
A blank stage. A storyteller. A muse. And one epic story. Experience Homer’s classic tale of war from a modern perspective. This beautiful one-man show accompanied by a musician has at it’s heart an anti-war message wrapped in a mesmerizing story.
The Iliad and The Odyssey are among the oldest stories we have. Their tales are timeless how war tears us apart and the difficulty of putting life back together after.
In An Iliad, a modern storyteller relays Homer’s story of The Iliad. This classic with a strong anti-war message is brought to life by a single actor and a musician – the muse. Matt Fraza takes on the storytelling role in this production to great effect. The story is old, but the telling, is quite new. The New York Times described it thus:
“Homeric specialists should be warned that this is not simply a condensed recitation of the poem, but a retelling that emphasizes contemporary vernacular over poetry. Although the narrator throws out snatches of verse at moments of heightened drama, and occasionally even bellows a few lines in the original Greek, most of the story is rendered in casual contemporary language that puts both mortals and gods on our own level.”
We’re thrilled to extend our patio season with preview performances of An Iliad. The performance patio is home to our Shakespeare on the Saugatucket series and the gardens will be beautiful throughout this September of An Iliad. All of these patio preview performances will be Pay-What-You-Can.
In October, An Iliad moves indoors to join our fall mainstage season. The set is described as “an empty space.” We love the versatility of our black box style theater, and sometimes simplicity is best to let the words soar.
We hope that you’ll join us for this beautiful, thought-provoking show.