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An enduring drama about the wages of war

An Iliad is an up-to the-minute retelling of Homer’s Iliad. With poetry and poignancy, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide.

Brilliantly adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from Robert Fagles’s acclaimed translation of Homer’s Trojan War epic, An Iliad telescopes the story into a gripping monologue, with historical and contemporary references, that captures both the poetry of war and the pity. Our storyteller (Scott Douglas), inspired by a Muse (Nancy Davis), is fated to speak as a witness to war’s destructive power. He gives voice to men and women caught up in the violence, and recounts the dark fate of both the vanquished and the victors, urgently asking his audience,
“Do you see?”

Scott Douglas has performed with all of Olympia’s major theater companies, and has been a member of the Animal Fire Theatre Company for eight years, appearing as an actor in seven of AFTs Shakespeare in the Park productions, and directing their “King John.” Scott is a member of the AFT Board of Directors.

Nancy Curtis is a multi-woodwind player, currently a member of the mostly-female eclectic quintet/sextet “Bevy.” As a jazz musician she performed in “Rebirth,” the band of the late jazz composer/saxophonist Bert Wilson. Over the years, she has played in the “pit” orchestras(sometimes onstage) for “The Music Man,” “Gypsy,” the Harlequin “Stardust” holiday musical, and productions at the Capitol Playhouse.

James O’Barr (director) began his work in theatre on the West Coast as an actor with the Berkeley Stage Company. Moving to the East Coast, he was an actor and director at the Depot Theatre in Garrison, New York, and served for several years as director of the Otisville Theatre Group at the Otisville Correctional Facility.

An Iliad
Saturday., Feb. 15. 7:30 pm. Olympia Friends Meeting house,
3201 Boston Harbor Rd., A retelling of the Greek classic in the context of today’s wars. Animal Fire Theater

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