Directed by Aquila founder and artistic director Peter Meineck, the 75-minute stage adaptation of Homer's epic began performances at the Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway March 31.
The first part of Aquila's programming will be a post-performance discussion titled "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" with author Chris Hedges and director Peter Meineck on April 10.
On April 13, Aquila will offer The Philoctetes Project, a reading of two Greek tragedies for an audience of war veterans, performed by David Strathairn, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel and Adam Driver. Following the readings, a roundtable discussion featuring Meineck, Bryan Doerries, Edna Wells Handy and Brigadier General Loree Sutton will take place.
The cast of Iliad: Book One features John Buxton, Nathan Flower, Jeffrey Golde, Jay Painter, Natasha Piletich and Vaishnavi Sharma.
Iliad: Book One, according to Aquila, "tells the story of the rage of Achilles, the cost of war, and his personal search for honor and meaning. Aquila Theatre brings this seminal work to vivid life in a production that seeks to restore the Iliad to its original home — the realm of the performer." Iliad: Book One draws its inspiration from Robert F. Sargent's iconic image of U.S. soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. The image also serves as the cover for the Stanley Lombardo translation of "The Iliad."
The production has an original score by Anthony Cochrane and movement by Desiree Sanchez. All other production designs are by Peter Meineck.
For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street in Manhattan.