California Stage Unveils An Iliad

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The ongoing tragedy in Ukraine has reminded us that as a civilization, we have not figured out how to avoid conflict on a mass scale. California Stage’s production of “An Iliad” suggests we have not progressed on that front in thousands of years.

(Which begs the questions: How much more time do we need, and do we have it?)

“An Iliad,” based on Homer’s original work, begins its five-weekend run on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Stagings at the R25 Arts Complex (1725 25th St. in midtown) continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 3.

Here’s how Cal Stage describes the work:

“ ‘An Iliad’ embodies all that is vital to theater. A timeless story. Brilliant writing. A life shattering conflict. Nothing else is needed. Except a solitary poet willing to step upon a simple stage in front of an audience willing to be transported . . . again.


“The Trojan War . . . Achilles and Hector. Agamemnon and Petrocolus. Athena and Apollo. The Gods of Old taking sides. Pushing. Teasing. Manipulating. Written by Homer thousands of years ago, ‘An Iliad’ asks . . . no . . . begs us to remember the horrors of war. The nobility of sacrifice. The beauty of love. The hubris of ego. And the power of story to unite us.”

This adaptation is by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and is directed by Richard Winters. Greg Parker stars as the poet.

Tickets are $20 and are available online.