Why you should go:
An award-winning new adaptation of one of written language's most legendary works--widely recognized as the oldest work of Western literature--is coming to life on a Pittsburgh stage for the first time.
Continuing its masterpiece season, Pittsburgh Public Theater presents a new adaptation of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad
, translated by Robert Fagles. Winner of 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards, An Iliad
is adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, and directed by Jesse Berger.The Pittsburgh premiere runs March 6 through April 6 at the O'Reilly Theater in Downtown's Cultural District.
Playwright Lisa Peterson, a former resident director at the Mark Taper Forum, currently directs productions across the country, while Tony-winning actor Denis O’Hare is his known for his television work on the programs,“True Blood” and “American Horror Story.” Director Jesse Berger, who is artistic director of New York’s Red Bull Theater, will be familiar to local audiences for his work directing Pittsburgh Public Theater's Circle Mirror Transformation
, A Number
, Life X 3
and I Am My Own Wife
Starring in the ambitious one-man show as The Poet is New York City-based actor Teagle F. Bougere, who also plays all of the Greek classic’s most famous characters, including Achilles, Hector, Agamemnon, Helen of Troy, as well as the gods Athena and Hermes. Bougere's impressive Broadway credits include roles in The Tempest
with Patrick Stewart, and A Raisin in the Sun
with stars Phylicia Rashad and Sean Combs.
The play's design team includes: Marion Williams (scenic and costumes), Seth Reiser (lighting), and Ryan Rumery (original music and sound).