A free community engagement play reading and discussion of Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s “An Iliad” will be presented Thursday, March 15, at 7:30p.m. in the Phoenix Ballroom, located in Suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The University of Wyoming’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Laramie’s Relative Theatrics will present the March “Read, Rant, Relate” community engagement event. The reading is in conjunction with the UW Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Department of English.
Anne Mason, Relative Theatrics producing artistic director and UW theater and dance alumna, will read the play. Laura De Lozier, Department of Modern and Classical Languages senior lecturer, will moderate the community discussion. UW students will serve as discussion facilitators.
“An Iliad” is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic based on Robert Fagles’ translation.
“Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience,” De Lozier says. “The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure on stage is a storyteller — possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. She is fated to tell this story throughout history.”
De Lozier says even though the event is open to the community, the material may not be suitable for all audience members.