An Iliad

Institute History

  • 2009 Theatre Lab


The actor/director team of Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson are devising a solo adaptation of Homer’s epic war poem, rediscovering its roots in the oral tradition and re-imagining the form in which it may have been originally performed: as the partly recited, partly improvised efforts of a itinerant poet who walks into a local tavern and begins to weave a tale of war and woe—creating a conversation between the past and present, the fixed and the fluid, the teller and the listener.


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