What follows is a draft of the program notes for our production of An Iliad, opening tonight at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces.
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Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time.
This is an original play inspired by tales from Homer’s Iliad. Focusing mainly on Achilles and Hector, the play addresses human rage as a recurring theme in history, from antiquity right up to the current civil war in Syria, and the uprising underway in Kiev this very week.
The show is typically performed with one actor and a musician, usually a cellist. Randy Granger has boldly re-imagined the role of the musician in this play. Are the Poet and the Musician different people? Or are they aspects of one timeless bard? The musical performance and our interactions are improvisational, and the collaboration has been inspirational for us both.
Another musician working on this project is Autumn Gieb. She is working on an original score using a variety of instruments she is inventing herself, and developing a unique take on the Musician as a character. We hope you will consider seeing this Iliad at another venue to enjoy Autumn’s unique contribution.
Theatre Dojo is a project founded in 2006 by Algernon D’Ammassa, Christopher Nelson, and Jen Bloom. Theatre Dojo supports cross-disciplinary approaches in the performing arts and personal disciplines including yoga, martial arts, and meditation. Its mission is the growth of artists and works promoting compassion and social awareness.
Although we do not have dates at this writing, we are working on bringing this show to Deming’s outdoor arena at Voiers Park, to Albuquerque, El Paso, and Tucson, and possibly to North Carolina during the summer. You can follow our travels at http://www.facebook.com/algernoniliad.
We thank Ceil and Peter Herman for welcoming An Iliad at the Black Box.
[Image: Rehearsal photo, with Algernon the left and Randy Granger on the right, playing his amazing three-string cigar box guitar.]