First sung around a campfire 2,800 years ago, The Iliad remains a soaring ode about humanity’s seemingly timeless attraction to violence and destruction. In this theatrical telling, a storyteller grapples with the mythology, brutality, and humanity of Homer’s epic poem. An intimate and immediate look at rage, grief, and the heroism and horror of a seemingly endless war.
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Scott Parkinson delivers a bravura performance. You must take this journey. An Iliad is not to be missed!
: “War is hell, but that’s not the half of it,” writes Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien. As we prepare for Studio’s production of An Iliad—one of the oldest extant works of war literature—read excerpts of Homer’s poem and other works that reflect on the experience of war through the ages.Read More
First sung 2,800 years ago, Homer’s Iliad remains a soaring ode about humanity’s seemingly timeless attraction to war, in all its terror and adventure. The poem begins nine years into the Trojan War and follows two warriors: rage-mad Achilles, the Greek’s greatest fighter, who has stopped fighting to protest an insult to his honor from his own general, and his counterpart Hector, leader of the Trojan army, a brave man and good soldier who would far prefer to spend his energy and expertise on the tasks of peacetime life.Read More
“Our original impulse was to walk into a bar and see if we could get anyone to listen to us,” says co-adaptor Denis O’Hare of the impetus behind his and Lisa Peterson’s gripping adaptation of Homer’s ancient poem. Read about the remix of this ancient text into a one-person show that is epic, colloquial, stirring, and anything but stuffy.Read More