Originally produced at New York's Theatre Workshop, Seattle Rep, and at the McCarter in New Jersey, and later all over the world, "An Iliad" won Obie, Lucille Lortel and Joe Jefferson awards. The New York Times called the original production "spellbinding," and the Los Angeles production was hailed as "a victory for the theatrical imagination."
Reserved seats for "An Iliad" are $8 for the public, and $6 for senior citizens, SBU employees, and students. Tickets are available at the Quick Center Box Office or by calling 716-375-2494. Unsold seats are available as free student rush for students from any school, one hour before curtain in person at the box office with valid student ID.
"An Iliad" contains adult language and violence and may not be suitable for pre-teens.
The playwrights, Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, originally conceived "An Iliad" as a work for one actor, but left open the possibility for future productions using multiple actors. "The play is a combination of actual lines from Homer's 'Iliad' and a contemporary take on the story," says SBU Theater Director Dr. Ed. Simone. "Peterson and O'Hare used Robert Fagles' translation, which is in contemporary English, so the whole thing sounds very up to date, like a story from today's news."
The SBU Theater production features five actors, four of whom are theater majors or minors in SBU's B.A. Theater program. Featured are Kristen Caputo, Dakota Ward, Bryce Spadafora, Matthew Tyssee, and Betsy Vivar. All five actors appeared in SBU Theater's recent production of "Hamlet," so they're used to taking on challenging roles. Kristen Caputo, a senior, said the best part about acting in "An Iliad" is that all the actors have multiple roles to take on, requiring them to learn different techniques and styles.
SBU's production of "An Iliad" uses no scenery, and the props are everyday items: boxes, trash cans, broom and mop handles. "The idea is that these itinerant poets, or actors, arrive at a place and use whatever they find to tell the story of Hector and Achilles and the Trojan War," said SBU theater technical director Becky Misenheimer, associate professor. "However, once the Muses arrive, there's some really intense lighting and music. Things get very theatrical."
Misenheimer designed the lighting and costumes for the production, with the assistance of theater major Elizabeth Freeman. Simone collaborated with Dr. Les Sabina, head of SBU's music program, to improvise and record a musical score for "An Iliad."
"Elizabeth worked with Prof. Misenheimer to arrive at costumes that reflected the unique personality of each actor/poet," Simone said. "And Dr. Sabina and I used a limited ensemble of live and synthesized instruments — flute, cello, violin, cymbals, bells and drums — to support the emotional elements in the show."
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