Ensemble Theatre Firm in April will current 5 live-streamed performances of the 90-minute one-act play “An Iliad.” Every dwell efficiency might be aired and could also be watched on computer systems, sensible TVs, iPads and iPhones.
Translated by Robert Fagles from Homer’s 3,000-year-old epic poem “The Iliad,” playwrights Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare ship a contemporized and compelling narrative with using a single actor and musician.
Crafted across the tales of Achilles and Hector, in language that’s by turns poetic and conversational, “An Iliad” refreshes this world basic. What emerges is a robust and energetic piece of theatrical storytelling that drives dwelling the timelessness of mankind’s compulsion towards violence.
Taking over the herculean position is John Tufts, who returns to ETC after showing in “The Invisible Hand” and the one-man present “I Am My Personal Spouse,” for which he gained crucial acclaim and an Unbiased Award for his efficiency.
Tuft’s creative dwelling has been 12 seasons with the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Competition, taking part in the whole lot from Chico Marx to Henry V. For this manufacturing, he might be joined by Santa Barbara Symphony Cellist Jonathan Flaksman.
The manufacturing, directed by ETC’s creative director Jonathan Fox, will happen on the stage of ETC’s theatrical dwelling, The New Vic. With minimal stage design however with inventive videography, every of the 5 performances might be dwell, so every efficiency might be distinctive.
“After a number of months of planning, I’m so thrilled to have the ability to current ‘An Iliad,’” stated Fox. “Though Homer’s epic poem is daunting, this excellent adaptation is buoyant with humor and theatricality. I’m delighted to be working with John Tufts once more and to current the virtuosic taking part in of cellist Jonathan Flaksman.
“It’s really a singular expertise.”
Tickets for the occasion are $30 per system and can be found for buy on-line at https://etcsb.org/whats-on/streaming-events/. Efficiency dates and occasions are
5 p.m. April 15, 7:30 p.m. April 16, 2 p.m. and seven:30 p.m. April 17, and a couple of p.m. April 18.
As every efficiency is filmed dwell, patrons should purchase tickets to a particular efficiency time and won’t have the choice to view on demand.
In “An Iliad,” the modern-day storyteller (probably Homer, probably one of many many bards who adopted in his footsteps) retells the basic story of the Trojan Conflict, particularly the nice combaters Achilles and Hector.
As a touring storyteller, he makes use of poetry, music, humor, and poignant accounts of warfare to share the expertise from the angle of a preventing Greek soldier and a poet, a story he’s fated to inform all through time.