by Lisa Peterson
and Denis O’Hare
Originally produced in August, 2019
One additional performance of An Iliad took place on January 19, 2020, at the Commonweal Theatre.
An Iliad will be touring during 2020, first out-of-state (in February), then later regionally in our area. Tour date requests & inquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
The Wealhouse series presented the one-actor drama An Iliad, featuring Commonweal ensemble member Ben Gorman and directed by former company member Megan Pence. The local venue for this production was an adapted “found space” above Pedal Pushers Café in downtown Lanesboro, courtesy of owners Scott & Angie Taylor.
Your performance deeply moved us—and continues to. It is one of those rare performances too incredible to ever forget.”
A traveling Poet arrives and, speaking as one with first-hand knowledge, slowly begins to unfold the story of the ancient conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans. He not only describes major events of the war but illuminates them through the lens of our modern age, intimately revealing the devastation warfare brings to those who experience it. By turns triumphant and horrific, his tale brings the mythical story to human scale with profound impact and intensity, laying bare both the beauty and horror of what it is to be human.