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January 12 - February 10, 2019 , Outcalt Theatre

An Iliad

By Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare
Based on Homer's THE ILIAD, translated by Robert Fagles
Directed by Tarah Flanagan & Andrew Carlson

Run time: 100 minutes, no intermission
Advisory: Contains strong language and depictions of violence

One actor. One musician. The Trojan War. With vivid storytelling and live cello, two women transform a bare stage into a raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory. This searing adaptation of Homer’s timeless epic catapults an ancient tale of fate and fury into the present day.

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Foreground: Tarah Flanagan (The Poet). Background: Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson (The Muse). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Tarah Flanagan as The Poet. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Tarah Flanagan (The Poet), Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson (The Muse). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Tarah Flanagan as The Poet. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Tarah Flanagan as The Poet. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Left to Right: Tarah Flanagan (The Poet), Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson (The Muse). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

From left to right: Tarah Flanagan (The Poet), Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson (The Muse). Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Tarah Flanagan as The Poet. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson as The Muse. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

Tarah Flanagan as The Poet. Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni

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Tarah Flanagan

Tarah Flanagan

(Co-Director, The Poet) New York Theatre: The Mint Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Hang a Tale productions at the Pearl Theatre (The Little Prince), and the Sheen Center (An Iliad). Regional Theatre: Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Fest., Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Crossroads Theatre, Eugene O'Neil more(Co-Director, The Poet) New York Theatre: The Mint Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Hang a Tale productions at the Pearl Theatre (The Little Prince), and the Sheen Center (An Iliad). Regional Theatre: Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Fest., Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Crossroads Theatre, Eugene O'Neil Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Studio Arena Theatre, and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (title role in St. Joan). She has been a proud company member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2007 where she serves as an Artistic Associate. Film/TV: Mother's Book, directed by Keith Joseph Atkins; PBS series, Futurestates; As the World Turns; and Darwin: the Series, directed by Carrie Preston. Directing/Choreography: Daisy 3 Pictures (Associate Producer, Choreographer): Darwin the Series, Actor's Theatre of Louisville Apprentice Program: Solo Mio projects, Great River Shakespeare Festival: (co-Director) An Iliad (Movement Choreographer) As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. Shakespeare for Young Actors at GRSF (Program Director): As You Like It, Romeo & Juilet, The Tempest, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, and Hamlet. Training: PCPA Theaterfest, Conservatory at Webster University (BFA), the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (MFA). Tarah is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson

Eva Rose Scholz-Carlson

(Composer, The Muse) originally composed and performed music for Great River Shakespeare Festival’s production of An Iliad and has since performed it for productions at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, the Sheen Center in New York, University of Utah, and University of California, Irvine. At Great River Shakespeare Festival, she more(Composer, The Muse) originally composed and performed music for Great River Shakespeare Festival’s production of An Iliad and has since performed it for productions at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, the Sheen Center in New York, University of Utah, and University of California, Irvine. At Great River Shakespeare Festival, she has played cello in Shakespeare in Love and As You Like It, and acted in Twelfth Night as well as Shakespeare for Young Actor’s productions including Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Comedy of Errors under the direction of Tarah Flanagan. Eva is currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Southwest High School in Minneapolis where she composed and performed music for Romeo and Juliet, played in the pit orchestra for Sweet Charity, and acted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Antigone. A cellist since age 4, Eva toured Europe last summer with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony and lives with her family in Minneapolis.

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Macbeth, Metamorphoses, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse) and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

Andrew Carlson

(Co-Director) is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting, and performance studies. He serves as the co-head of the undergraduate studies B.A. in Theatre and Dance program. As a dramaturg and actor, more(Co-Director) is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting, and performance studies. He serves as the co-head of the undergraduate studies B.A. in Theatre and Dance program. As a dramaturg and actor, he has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Guthrie Theatre, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, American Records, and Children's Theatre of Madison. He is an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has worked as an actor and educator for ten seasons, playing roles such as Hamlet (Hamlet), Edmund (King Lear), Jim O'Connor (The Glass Menagerie), Hotspur (Henry IV, Part I), and the Poet (An Iliad). Andrew is also the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at The University of Texas at Austin. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and American Theatre Magazine's historical almanac column. He is a co-author of the 11th edition of The Essential Theatre textbook and has published essays in Theatre History Studies, American Theatre Magazine, and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. An award-winning educator, Carlson received the 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Texas.

Maryann Morris

(Stage Manager) is a Cleveland native who most recently Stage Managed for CPH’s Native Gardens, An Iliad, The Royale, The Diary of Anne Frank, ASM’ed The Good Peaches, hand-over SM’ed A Christmas Story and Sweat, and ASM’ed How I Learned to Drive, as well as Stage Managing several CPH New more(Stage Manager) is a Cleveland native who most recently Stage Managed for CPH’s Native Gardens, An Iliad, The Royale, The Diary of Anne Frank, ASM’ed The Good Peaches, hand-over SM’ed A Christmas Story and Sweat, and ASM’ed How I Learned to Drive, as well as Stage Managing several CPH New Ground Theatre works such as Grand Concourse and Fairfield. Other current and recent collaborations include Letters from Zora featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway at Karamu House, Havana Hop with Paige Hernandez, Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, My Mother Has 4 Noses with Jonatha Brooke, The Dazzle Awards at Playhouse Square, and May 4th Voices presented by The Maltz Museum of Jewish History and Kent State University's Democracy Symposium. She is happy to also continue her work in CPH's own Production Center.

Denis O'Hare

(Playwright) is an actor and writer who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Mr. O’Hare attended Northwestern University where he studied poetry for two years under Alan Shapiro, Mary Kinzie, and Reginald Gibbons. He ultimately received a B.S. in the theatre department and pursued an acting career in Chicago while maintaining more(Playwright) is an actor and writer who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Mr. O’Hare attended Northwestern University where he studied poetry for two years under Alan Shapiro, Mary Kinzie, and Reginald Gibbons. He ultimately received a B.S. in the theatre department and pursued an acting career in Chicago while maintaining a literary salon called the “Ansuz.” In 1992, Mr. O’Hare moved to New York to continue his acting career where he appeared in numerous productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway all the while exploring creative writing in the form of plays and screenplays. He has written three screenplays, numerous poems, and one other play. Mr. O’Hare and Ms. Petersen began collaborating on An Iliad in 2006 and honed the project through multiple workshops with New York Theatre Workshop at Vassar and Dartmouth and with the Sundance Lab Institute. Denis is married to Hugo Redwood, an interior designer, with whom he has a son.

Lisa Peterson

(Playwright) is a theater director who wrote and adapted An Iliad with actor Denis O’Hare, for which they won 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Her other adaptations include The Waves, adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf, with composer David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations), the upcoming The Good Book more(Playwright) is a theater director who wrote and adapted An Iliad with actor Denis O’Hare, for which they won 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Her other adaptations include The Waves, adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf, with composer David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations), the upcoming The Good Book with Denis O’Hare, and Insurance Men with composer Todd Almond. She was Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum for ten years, and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years before that. Her directing credits include the world premieres of Tony Kushner’s Slavs!, Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories and The Model Apartment, Naomi Wallace’ Trestle At Pope Lick Creek, Janusz Glowacki’s The Fourth Sister, John Belluso’s The Poor Itch, Beth Henley’s Ridiculous Fraud, Jose Rivera’s Sueno, Marlane Meyer’s The Chemistry of Change, and many others. She has worked at theaters around the country including New York Theater Workshop, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, Primary Stages, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, and the McCarter Theater. Lisa won an Obie in 1991 for Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at NYTW, and Dramalogue, Drama Desk, and Calloway Award nominations for many other productions. She was the recipient of a TCG/NEA Career Development grant, and regularly develops new plays with the Sundance Theater Lab, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, and the O’Neill Theater Center. She is a graduate of Yale College, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and the executive board of SDC.

Ian Stillman

(Scenic Designer) is an Ohio-based freelance designer and carpenter, currently at Cleveland Play House as the Associate Technical Director. Past credits include Design Assistant for Wizard of OZ (Kansas City Ballet). He previously worked at Geva Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Dorset Theatre Festival. Ian is a graduate of more(Scenic Designer) is an Ohio-based freelance designer and carpenter, currently at Cleveland Play House as the Associate Technical Director. Past credits include Design Assistant for Wizard of OZ (Kansas City Ballet). He previously worked at Geva Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Dorset Theatre Festival. Ian is a graduate of Otterbein University.

James C. Swonger

(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot more(Sound Designer) has designed sound for over 50 Cleveland Play House productions including The Good Peaches (world premiere); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Breath and Imagination; Venus in Fur; Good People; The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith; Bell, Book and Candle; The Game’s Afoot (world premiere); Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Heaven’s My Destination (world premiere); Crime and Punishment; Noises Off!; Gee’s Bend; The Chosen; and I Am My Own Wife. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include The Philadelphia Story, The Three Sisters, Twelfth Night, and An Orchard. Additional credits include Cleveland’s Lyric Opera Company, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Centerstage Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cleveland State University Summer Stages, and premiere productions of why i had to dance, The Tragic Demise of the Whaleship Essex and Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Burke.

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