“An Iliad” at the Valentine Theatre Studio A – April 7, 8, 9th

Posted Apr 3rd, 2017 by Paul Causman  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Events, Toledo.com


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What: An Iliad- A modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic epic. A lone storyteller is destined to conjure-up the frightfully relevant tale of war once again. But this time, the battles of ancient Troy and the modern world collide in a captivating theatrical experience.
Whom: Toledo’s Paul Causman to Reprise An Iliad with original music by internationally recognized composer, Burton Beerman

When: Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
Where: The Valentine Theatre – Studio A Theatre
Address: 410 Adams St. Adjacent to The Valentine Theatre: Parking available
Tickets: Gen. Admission $20.00 Student $10.00 419 242 2787 valentinetheatre.com

A storm of violence is brewing, a roaring thunder of revenge and destruction. It’s a tragedy thousands of years old— soon to come to life through vocal lightning strikes, uttered by a single actor.

This violence, which started with Homer’s epic, will be remembered through The Valentine Theatre’s upcoming Studio A reading of Denis O’Hare, Lisa Peterson and Robert Fagle’s 2012 staged translation of An Iliad, performed by Paul Causman

The man most of Toledo knows as Scrooge— in his yearly persona with The Toledo Rep’s “A Christmas Carol” staged on The Valentine’s main stage— is currently preparing to take on a markedly different role. Causman will have no chorus, no props, no dialogue— he will be the single actor, a storyteller, with a script based on a story that has stood the test of time.

“It’s a lot of play,” said Causman, laughing. “It explores our obsession with war throughout time. It’s about the effects war has on us. It’s about our addiction to rage and destruction… It is so incredibly relevant to today.”
Using parts from Homer’s original epic, translated and woven with modern concerns— like someone cutting you off on the highway— “An Iliad” exposes revenge, vengeance, and violence to be a central part of our humanity. Exhibiting the same illustrious metaphor, “An Iliad” is weighted by its own hidden meanings: the nameless man Causman will portray is all of us.

Music for the performance, both live and pre-recorded, was composed specifically for this production by Burton Beerman, an internationally recognized and award-wining composer, who will be performing live on-stage on primitive musical instruments. Beerman intertwines his original compositions with the spoken word of the story.

Additions of multi-media components and a new take on Homer’s tale will be reflected in this Studio A presentation at 410 Adams Street, adjacent to the Valentine Theatre. Tickets priced at $20 (student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID)

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