“Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time.” So says the Poet in this modern retelling of an ancient classic. The Trojan War is over, and the Poet saw it all—unquenchable rage and endless battles. The telling sometimes overwhelms him, but he must sing. He must tell his sad tale of humanity’s unshakeable and perpetual attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos.




Director — Jason Spelbring
Scenery Coordinator — Nils Emerson
Costume Designer —Jeffrey Lieder
Lighting Designer — William C. Kirkham
Sound Coordinator — Ryan Turpin
Voice and Text Coach — Philip Thompson
Stage Manager — Tanya J. Searle*, Terence Orleans Alexander*

 The play is performed without intermission.


The Poet — Brian Vaughn*
The Muse — Katie Fay Francis

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


The lighting designer is represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE. 

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

An Iliad is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

An Iliad was originally developed as part of the New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspects Program,

Off-Broadway premiere produced by New York Theatre Workshop (Jim Nicola, Artistic Director; William Russo, Managing Director) in 2012.

An Iliad was originally produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre (Jerry Manning Producing Artistic Director; Benjamin Moore, Managing Director).

It was subsequently produced by McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director, Mara Isaacs, Producing Director).

An Iliad was developed in part with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.

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Play Details

July 12–October 9

Randall L. Jones Theatre

By Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare
Based on Homer's The Iliad,
Translated by Robert Fagles

Jason Spelbring

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Content Advisory
Based on Homer’s The Iliad, this play centers around the Trojan War and war in general. As such, it can be emotionally intense and involves descriptions of warfare and inhumanity. It is a powerful play that is suitable for all except pre-teens who may not be prepared for the intensity of the storyline.

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