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An Iliad

By Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson


Visionary theatre artists Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have crafted a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem in their OBIE-winning collaboration that begs the question: Has anything really changed since the Trojan War? An Iliad spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through the eyes of a single narrator, whose enigmatic experience of the war reverberates with today’s headlines. Peterson's acclaimed, cutting edge work as a theatre director here combines with O'Hare's inimitable range as an actor (Tony-winner for Take Me Out, HBO’s "True Blood"), to create a tour de force performance of this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos.

“Pure theatre. Shocking, glorious, primal, and deeply satisfying… fills the eye with astounding sights almost more than our hearts can bear.” - Time Out NY

About the Artists

Denis O’Hare won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sweet Charity. Broadway credits include Assassins (Tony nom.), Take Me Out (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Major Barbara and Cabaret. He has also appeared in numerous productions Off-Broadway and in London, and on film and television. Lisa Peterson has won OBIE and Dramalogue awards for her directing work, including productions on and Off-Broadway, and at regional theatres. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Drama Department, and currently Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.


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APR 27 - MAY 04, 2013

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An Iliad

  • Location Paramount Center Mainstage
  • By Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
  • Based on Homer’s Iliad
  • Translated by Robert Fagles
  • Directed by Lisa Peterson
  • Starring Denis O'Hare
  • Series Legends
  • Ages 14+
  • Running Time 100 minutes with no intermission

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