Stephen Spinella to Star in McCarter Theatre Center's An Iliad

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Two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella will star in An Iliad — billed as "one of history's most famous and exciting tales of love, battle and honor" — 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 Oct. 19-Nov. 7 on McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Stage. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 22.

In An Iliad, press 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 will be set designer Rachel Hauck, with costume design by Marina Draghici, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and original music by Mark Bennett. The production will feature 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. The McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ. For ticket information visit

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