AN ILIAD By Lisa Peterson And Denis O'Hare Comes to Undermain
In the spirit of celebrating 35 years of cutting-edge performances, Undermain establishes its Repertoire Series to honor the gems of its production history, with a reboot of An Iliad, a landmark production from 2012 starring Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad, directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens.
An Iliad is a modern-day retelling of Homer's classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller-possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history. Tickets on sale now! www.undermain.org
Lisa Peterson is an American freelance director. She developed and directed An Iliad at Seattle Rep and throughout its transfers to The McCarter Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop. A graduate of Yale in 1983, Lisa soon became the casting director at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Eventually she was invited to join their company where she began directing new work as part of the theatre's annual one-act marathon. Developing new work became her passion and her musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf's The Waves with David Bucknam was her first big break in New York. She would go on to win an Obie award for her production of Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In the early 1990's Peterson took up positions with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where she continued to develop new playwriting in the Regional Theatre scene. Currently one of America's best-regarded freelance directors, Peterson has directed world premieres and classics throughout the country, including The Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage.
Denis O'Hare is a Tony Award-winning Irish American actor. An Iliad is his debut as a writer for theater, although he studied poetry under Alan Shapiro while pursuing a degree in acting at Northwestern. O'Hare has appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, winning a Tony in 2003 for his role in Take Me Out and nominated for a Tony for playing Charles J. Guiteau in Assassins by Stephen Sondheim. O'Hare played The Baker in Central Park as part of The Public Theatre's production of Sondheim's Into The Woods. O'Hare is also an acclaimed TV and film actor. He appeared in J. Edgar, The Proposal, Milk, True Blood for HBO, and American Horror Story on FX for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012.
Tickets are available at www.undermain.org or by calling the Box Office at: 214.747.5515.
Discounts are available for seniors, students, KERA members, and groups. Call 214.747.5515 or visit www.undermain.org. Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street at the corner of Murray Street in Deep Ellum.
Celebrating 35 years since its inception in 1984, Undermain Theatre is a company of artists that performs experimental works in Texas, New York, and Europe, collaborates with playwrights to develop original and world premiere productions, publishes plays, and sustains a theater in Dallas's historic Deep Ellum. As defined by their mission statement, Undermain Theatre seeks to inspire, educate and challenge audiences and artists through its production of innovative theater with particular interest in poetic and language-driven work.