Philly Fringe Fesitival Performance of AN ILIAD

An ancient poet brings to life the epic battles of the Trojan War

in this Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-Winning One-Person Play

 

In the spirit of the ancient Greek oral tradition and wielding the powers of imagination, An Iliad transports the audience to the city of Troy and conjures riveting stories depicted in Homer’s The Iliad.  This 100-minute play runs for six performances beginning September 7th through September 22nd at Millésimé (a beautiful contemporary design showroom) in Old City.  Critics and members of the press are invited to complimentary tickets during Press Nights on Saturday, September 7th at 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 8th at 4 p.m.  Please contact Jason Greenfield for critic and press ticket inquiries and production images. General admission is $10. Tickets are available for purchase online at JLGREENFIELD.COM.

 

Obie Award-winning director, Lisa Peterson, and Tony Award-winning actor, Denis O’Hare, skillfully adapt Robert Fagles’ lauded translation of Homer’s The Iliad into a captivating solo performance piece.  Compelled by the Greek gods, an ancient poet is doomed to tell the story of the Trojan War to anyone who will listen.  The Poet’s sentence: to recount the tale until all of humanity abandons its propensity for violence. While enacting the stories of Achilles and Hector, the Poet oscillates between contemporary and poetic language.  An Iliad explores the brutality and heroism of war and sublimely rejuvenates this timeless story. 

 

The original production of An Iliad was praised by The New York Times as “Spellbinding … Smartly conceived and impressively executed, An Iliad relates an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today … As he talks about ruined civilizations and how blind rage can overwhelm people whether they are on a battlefield or merely cut off by a car on the highway, the poet asks viewers, ‘Do you see?’  Indeed we do.”

 

Performer and director, Jason Greenfield, says, “After reading the first few pages I was compelled to work on this play.  I was gripped by its daring scope, sprawling imagination, and relevance to today’s geopolitical landscape. What a heart-pounding and thought-provoking experience it is to be carried onto the bloody beaches and war-torn streets of Troy.  The initial reading grabbed me by the collar and forced me to contemplate the heroism and cost of war.”   

 

ABOUT THE PERFORMER & DIRECTOR

 

Jason Greenfield (The Poet/Director) is thrilled to make his Philadelphia Fringe Festival debut!  Acting credits include Hamlet, As You Like It (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival); Everybody Loves Opal (Montgomery Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Fashion (Theatricum Botanicum, Los Angeles); Plastic Crystal, The Illusion (Open Fist Theatre, Los Angeles); The Author’s Voice (Theatre Tribe, Los Angeles); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Powerhouse Theatre, Los Angeles), and True West (Promenade Playhouse, Los Angeles).  Jason is Chair of the PALCS Center for Performing & Fine Arts Theatre Department where he is about to direct his 20th production.  Directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Three Sisters, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Illusion, Almost, Maine, Summer Brave, and The Children’s Hour.  Training: British American Drama Academy, B.A. in Theatre Arts (UPENN), M.F.A. in Acting (UCLA).  Teaching Certifications: Assistant Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Union Affiliations: AEA, SAG-AFTRA. 

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

 

Lisa Peterson is a nationally renowned director who works in New York City and theatres around the country.  For ten years she was the Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum. She won an Obie Award for her direction of Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at New York Theatre Workshop.  

 

Denis O’Hare is a writer and Tony Award-winning actor who has performed on Broadway and off-Broadway as well as in numerous regional productions and in film and television.  His TV work includes roles on HBO’s Big Little Lies, HBO’s True Blood, and FX’s American Horror Story.

 

ABOUT THE FRINGE FESTIVAL & FRINGEARTS

 

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a 3-week-long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance.  Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts.  This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross-section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city. FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation.  The programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theatre, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide. As a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together, FringeArts is central to the city’s vibrant arts community and the enrichment of the lives of those who reside, work, and visit here.

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