Stephen Spinella Stars in McCarter Theatre Center's An Iliad, Opening Oct. 22

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Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella stars in An Iliad — billed as "one of history's most famous and exciting tales of love, battle and honor" — which officially opens Oct. 22 following previews that began Oct. 19 at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center.

Stephen Spinella
Stephen Spinella

Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson and adapted by Peterson and Tony Award-winning actor Denis O’Hare, the solo show will run through Nov. 7 on McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Stage.

In An Iliad, McCarter notes state, "writers Peterson and O’Hare connect the ancient past to the immediate present, drawing a direct line from Achilles and his men to the soldiers fighting in conflict zones around the world today."

"When I first heard that Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare were writing a stage version of The Iliad meant to be performed by one storyteller, I was immediately intrigued," stated McCarter Theatre artistic director Emily Mann. "What better way to experience this thrilling tale than in its original form? And when I discovered that the stage adaptation was based on the world-renowned translation by Robert Fagles, I knew we had to produce it here at McCarter. In addition to being a noted Princeton professor and celebrated, award-winning translator, Bob Fagles was a very dear friend and it is a great pleasure to honor his remarkable translation through this production."

Creating the world of An Iliad at McCarter is set designer Rachel Hauck, with costume design by Marina Draghici, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and original music by Mark Bennett. The production features live music performed by Brian Ellingsen on double bass.

Stephen Spinella was honored with two Tony Awards as well as two Drama Desk Awards for his performances as Prior Walter in the original production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Parts  I & II. His other Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, Our Town, James Joyce’s The Dead (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Tony nomination) and A View from the Bridge. An Iliad was originally devised by Tony Award-winning actor Denis O’Hare in collaboration with director Lisa Peterson at the Sundance Theatre Institute.

The McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ. For ticket information visit

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