By Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare
Based on Homer's "The Iliad", translated by Robert Fagles
February 16-26, 2017
Featuring Cami Alys. Original music composed by Seth Osborn and performed by Seth Osborn, Brittany Carson Koepp, Ky Hote, Henna Chou and Steve Cruz.
"Every time I sing this song, I hope it's the last time," says the Poet as she digs deep to sing an epic story of war, honor, love, violence and the Greek siege of Troy. She's told her story for centuries, conjuring the heroes and battles for different cultures and eras. Now in the shadow of war in Afghanistan and Syria, she unleashes the story's power for a modern audience.
Homer's tale has never been more engaging than in this tour-de-force solo performance. Adapted from Robert Fagles’ revelatory translation, and underscored with original music by local Austin composer Seth Osborn, AN ILIAD captures both the grandeur of legendary events that have captured the western imagination for millennia - and an intimacy that makes the story searingly immediate and relevant.
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This is the power of theatre and this is a performance and interpretation that must not be missed. Essential if you want to understand why the art form refuses to die; essential if you're not frightened by huge themes of life, death, love and war; essential if you want to see only one stage performance this year but you want it to be the best." --Central Texas Live Theatre
Awards and honors
B Iden Payne Award nomination for Lead Actress of a Drama, Cami Alys
B Iden Payne Award nomination for Original Score, Seth Osborn
B Iden Payne Award nomination for Live Music Performance, Seth Osborn, Henna Chou, Steve Cruz, Ky Hote, Brittany Carson Koepp
B Iden Payne Award nomination for Lighting Design, Rachel Atkinson
Produced in partnership with Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Additional sponsors include Larry Najvar of Edward Jones, the City of Round Rock and the Rotary Club of Pflugerville.
Photos by Kimberley Mead