A modern-day interpretation of The Iliad at Syracuse Stage connects the decade-long Trojan War and the siege of Troy thats depicted in Homers poem to conflicts of today.
The tale of An Iliad at Syracuse Stage, which begins Wednesday and runs through June 9, is told by the poet, played by Joseph Graves. The play is told in todays vernacular. Producers say the 100-minute turbulent adventure asks the question: What has really changed since the Trojan War?
Throughout the show, the poet makes multiple comparisons to contemporary society and invites the audience to imagine how traumatic the ancient battle and siege of Troy by the ancient Greeks was.
The poet appears disheveled and admits he has been singing his story for years. His account of the Trojan War starts with the arrival of hundreds of ships into the city of Troy and centers around the great warrior Achilles, his enemy Agamemnon and best friend Patroclus.
When we look into the eyes of those living who have known the reality of war, words fail, director Penny Metropulos said in a press release. This is where poetry enters.
Ms. Metropulos and Mr. Graves previously collaborated on An Iliad for Portland (Oregon) Center Stage in Oregon in 2010. The Seattle Times called it Intimate, unstuffy, timely and accessible.
Syracuse Stage patrons may recall Mr. Graves from his performance as abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in last seasons production of Red. He is the artistic director of Peking Universitys Institute of World Theatre and Film in Beijing, China.
An Iliad was co-written by Denis OHare and Lisa Peterson.
It will be staged in the Arthur Storch Theatre with an avenue seating configuration. Two banks of seating flank opposite sides of the performance space, creating an up-close experience that will feel like a performance-in-the-round.
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A lobby exhibit in Storch Theatre sponsored by the Onondaga Historical Association will highlight local stories about American wars, including the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, World War I and the Korean War.
There also will be a photo exhibit by Stacy Pearsall an award-winning war photographer and Iraq War veteran.