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AN ILIAD
AN ILIAD

March 6 - April 6, 2014

adapted from  Homer
by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare
translation by Robert Fagles

Combining the majestic language of Homer with the informal way we speak today, An Iliad unleashes the thrilling tales of the Trojan War and delves into the psychology of passion and rage, ancient and modern. In this tour-de-force, one actor plays the Greek classic's famous characters Achilles, Hector, Agammemnon, and the beautiful Helen of Troy. Gods such as Athena and Hermes come and go. Colorful and emotionally charged, these accounts look at the impulses that drive people into battle, and ultimately reveal that human nature has not changed much in 2,000 years.

RUN TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

TEAGLE F. BOUGERE (The Poet) originated the role of Invisible Man in the recent world premiere stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison's iconic novel Invisible Man at The Court Theater in Chicago. He went on to play the role in Washington D.C. (Studio Theatre) and Boston (The Huntington). Broadway: A Raisin the Sun (Asagai), The Tempest (Caliban). International: Macbeth (Macbeth) in Florence, Italy. His most recent credits include Henry in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (Studio Theater). Selected Off-Broadway: Stop/Reset (Signature Theatre); A Soldier's Play (Second Stage); Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra (with Vanessa Redgrave), The Public Theater. Selected Regional: Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Blue Door, both directed by Delroy Lindo at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Film: Hill and Gully, Night at the Museum, The Imposters, The Pelican Brief, Two Weeks Notice. Television: "A Gifted Man," "The Big C," "Cosby," and seven episodes for the "Law & Order" franchise.

JESSE BERGER (Director) is pleased to return to The Public where he has directed The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife, Life X 3, A Number, and Circle Mirror Transformation. As founding artistic director of Red Bull Theater, Jesse has produced and directed Off-Broadway productions of Pericles, Revenger's Tragedy, Edward II, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Volpone, Loot, The Dance of Death, and more. Jesse has also directed at Denver Center Theater, Old Globe, PlayMakers, Great Lakes, Barrington Stage, numerous Shakespeare Festivals, and more at www.redbulltheater.com/jesse.

HOMER (Author of The Iliad) is considered to be the greatest of the ancient Greek poets and is the subject of much scholarly debate. The exact dates of his birth and death are not known but it is estimated that he lived in the 8th century BC, about the same time that the Greek alphabet was invented. He is the author of The Iliad, recognized as the oldest work of Western literature, and The Odyssey, thought to have been written decades later when he was an old man. Although these epic poems are based on oral traditions, Homer is lauded for his poetic skill, the nobility of his style, and his depictions of human drama and emotion. Homer was studied and honored by the Greeks of later antiquity, rediscovered during the Renaissance, and is embraced by popular culture today.

LISA PETERSON (Playwright) is a theater director who wrote and adapted An Iliad with actor Denis O'Hare, for which they won 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Her other adaptations include The Waves, adpated from the novel by Virginia Woolf, with composer David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations), the upcoming The Good Book with Denis O'Hare, and Insurance Men with composer Todd Almond. She was Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum for 10 years, and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years before that. Her directing credits include the world premiere of Tony Kushner's Slavs!, Donald Marguilies' Collected Stories and The Model Apartment, Naomi Wallace's Trestle at the Pope Lick Creek, Janusz Glowacki's The Fourth Sister, John Belluso's The Poor Itch, Beth Henley's Ridiculous Fraud, Jose Rivera's Sueno, Marlane Meyer's The Chemistry of Change, and many others. She has worked at theaters around the country including New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, Primary Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, and the McCarter Theatre. Lisa won an Obie in 1991 for Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at New York Theater Workshop, and Dramalogue, Drama Desk, and Calloway Award nominations for many other productions. She was the recipient of a TCG/NEA Career Development grant, and regularly develops new plays with the Sundance Theatre Lab, New Dramatists, The Playwrights' Center, and The O'Neil Theater Center. She is a graduate of Yale College, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the executive board of SDC.

DENIS O'HARE (Playwright) is an actor and writer who lives in Fort Greent, Brooklyn. Mr. O'Hare attended Northwestern University where he studied poetry for two years under Alan Shapiro, Mary Kinsie, and Reginald Gibbons. He ultimately received a BS in the theater department and pursued an acting career in Chicago while maintaining a literary salon called the "Ansuz". In 1992, Mr. O'Hare moved to New York to continue his acting carrer. He appeared in numerous productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway all while exploring creative writing in the form of plays and screenplays. He has written three screenplays, numerous poems, and one other play. Mr. O'Hare and Ms. Peterson began collaborating on An Iliad in 2006 and honed the project through multiple workshops with New York Theatre Workshop at Vassar and Dartmouth and with the Sundance Lab Institute. Denis married to Hugo Redwood, an interior designer, with whom he has a son. 

ROBERT FAGLES (Translator) was a popular professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton University, but is best known for his many translations of ancient Greek and Roman classics. He is renowned for reinterpreting these works in a contemporary idiom with a modern energy. He received the Harold Morton Landon Award in 1991 for his translation of Homer's The Iliad. Other translations include Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, The Orestia by Aeschylus, and Sophocles' Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus. Mr. Fagles died in 2008 at age 74.

MARION WILLIAMS (Scenic and Costume Designer) is making her Pittsburgh Public Theater debut. Previously with Jesse Berger: An Iliad at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Additional credits: McCarter, MCC, Centerstage, Old Globe, Alliance, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Round House, Primary Stages, PlayMakers, Barrington Stage, Juilliard, Triad Stage, The Folger, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Introdans, Hoschule fur Musik un Theatre (Leipzig), Manhattan School of Music, Two River, Mint Theater, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Williamstown. Marion received her MFA from the University of Washington (Seattle). She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award and a Princess Grace Special Projects grant.

SETH REISER (Lighting Designer) designs for theater, dance, music, and installations across the United States. Recent New York City credits include, Come and Back Again with David Dorfman Dance at BAM and now touring; The Bad Guys at Second Stage; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at The Public Theater; the Obie Award-winning production of The Lily's Revenge at HERE Arts; Dutch A/V at La MaMa; Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith's RADIO PLAY at PS 122. Regionally his work has been seen at Two Rivers Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Trinity Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, The Denver Center Theatre Company, On the Boards, Woolly Mammoth, American Repertory Theatre, and Playmakers Repertory, among others. Seth received his MFA from NYU/Tisch. www.sethreiserdesign.com

RYAN RUMERY (Original Music and Sound Design) is a musician, composer, and sound designer. He is currently producing an album for The Joy of Harm, featuring Jacob Valenzuela from Calexico and recorded by Craig Schumacher (Neko Case and KT Tunstall) at Wavelab. Mr. Rumery also plays piano and drums with The Painted Bird, a dance piece by Palissimo, Inc.; The Painted Bird has been performed at Baryshnikov Arts Center, La MaMa, PS 122, Legion Arts, and the Wexner Center. Over the summer, he performed his live score for The Master Builder at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring John Tuturro. Last year, Mr. Rumery released his first two EPs from the productions of 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center and Ivanov starring Ethan Hawke at Classic Stage Company. His film credits include SyncroNYCity, Gatewood, and FlowerMan. His theater work has been heard across the United States, including the Broadway production of Thurgood starring Laurence Fishburne, which has been seen on HBO.

FRED NOEL (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to be celebrating his 25th season at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He also completed four seasons with the National Theatre of the Deaf, touring throughout the United States and China. Mr. Noel was Stage Manager for the Performing Arts Season at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. and Galludet University's tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Production Manager for D.C. area Quest Productions; he assisted the company in producing Deaf West II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. His credits also include the Off-Broadway productions of Women of Manhattan. Mr. Noel is a Pennsylvania native and alumnus of Duquesne University. In Pittsburgh, he has also stage managed for Don Brockett Productions, Pittsburgh CLO, and Carnegie Mellon Showcase of New Plays.

KELLY HAYWOOD (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater for the Masterpeice Season. This season Kelly will work on An Iliad and Noises Off. Past Public Theater productions: Born Yesterday and True West. Pittsburgh CLO: A Musical Christmas Carol and 42nd Street. Pittsburgh Opera: Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Flight, Aida, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Samson et Dalila, The Grapes of Wrath, L'Italiana in Algeri, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, The Rape of Lucretia, I'elisir d'amore, and The Marriage of Figaro. Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh: Die Fledermaus. Pittsburgh Playhouse: Reefer Madness. RWS and Associates: Luminosity. Woodstock Ice Productions: Everyone Loves Snoopy. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity.

TED PAPPAS (Producing Artistic Director) celebrates his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 21st year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 40 productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers and Gene Collier's The Chief. His career began in New York City where he worked at Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union. 

Critics & Audiences Have Gone Wild for AN ILIAD

"a powerfully emotional and intimate performance" - Beaver County Times

"don't miss this! Great telling of a great story" - Chas C.

"a compelling evening of theater" - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Phenomenal" - Lissa B.

"Great show! I'd like to see it again." - Kathryn K.

"powerful" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"This is outstanding" - Betty K.

"Tour de force" - Deb G.

"mesmerizing...captivating..." - Pittsburgh Tatler

"The most amazing performance I have seen" - Laura R.

"a stunning performance" - Burgh Vivant

"Fantastic" - Karen M.

"One of the best productions I have seen at The Public. It was fabulous." - Nonie K.

"You totally captured the imagination and mind and heart of a 19-year-old college dude. No mean feat! This here liberal artsy mom is delighted--and very, very grateful." - Lisa P.

"Thank you for bringing this brilliant performance and moving play to Pittsburgh." - Sister Rita Y.

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