An Illiad is a play by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare based on Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War. It will be performed by Michael Toomey with music by Gregory Boover at Shakespeare and Company weekends from October 3 to November 1 in the Elayne Bernstein Theatre. The side seats have been brought in on the acting space to bring the audience closer to the action. Although Michael is the only actor on stage, he will bring many characters to life. With Henry V and Cry Havoc and this production, Shakespeare and Company is giving audiences an opportunity to think about war, its causes and consequences.
Bob and I interviewed Michael and Jonathan Epstein, the director, before Jonathan was leaving to teach in Florida. Having seen this play done previously, we are eager to see it again with a different actor. This is a play that should be seen more than once.