‘An Iliad’ marks return of live theater to Weston Playhouse

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces a return to live performance with the first production of its 2021 season: An Iliad, running July 14 – Aug. 6 under the Tent at Walker Farm.

David Bonanno in ‘An Iliad’ at the Weston Playhouse. Photo by Andy Butterfield.

The eternal, enchanting power of storytelling comes to life in Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s acclaimed adaptation of Homer’s classic. A chorus of ancient muses perform original compositions by Jonathan Larsen award-winner Jenny Giering as a solitary storyteller throws us into the midst of conflict. In this vibrant retelling directed by Meredith McDonough, heroes clash in a quest for glory as the excitement of an ancient tale is catapulted into a daring, spellbinding, and truly hopeful story for today.

“Weston is thrilled to welcome our audiences back to live performance with this intimate and urgent story of humanity surviving even in the most painful of times,” says Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert. “David Bonanno is an utterly captivating storyteller who brings this story to life in a way that is relevant and surprisingly contemporary. I can think of no better way for us all to gather again at the theater than in the sharing of this pure, moving drama about how hope and joy survive against all odds. And Jenny Giering’s hauntingly beautiful compositions, written expressly for this production, create a whole new layer connecting the present and the past.”

In Weston, McDonough has directed 2019’s Always … Patsy Cline, the darling of the 84th season.  McDonough’s talents will be musically complemented with original composition by two-time Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award-winner Jenny Giering. Giering’s current projects include continued development of 2019 NMA winner Alice Bliss, commissioned by Playwright’s Horizons, Saint-Ex (2010 NMA winner; book & lyrics by Sean Barry), and What We Leave Behind (co-written with Sean Barry) for which she received a 2021 Barrington Stage Spark Grant.

An Iliad stars Weston legend David Bonanno as The Poet, an ancient teller of tales destined to share the story of war until the day human nature changes; until the day our love of rage comes to an end. Bonanno was last seen in Weston’s 2019 production of The Fantasticks and has been featured in many other memorable Weston performances over the past 34 years, including: Fun Home, The Music Man and Death of a Salesman. He was in the original Broadway cast of The Light in the Piazza and the Chicago casts of Ragtime and Lend Me a Tenor.

An Iliad plays under the Tent at Walker Farm, 703 Main St. Adult tickets range from $50-$74. Discounts are available for students, veterans, and Vermont residents. Prices do not include sales tax.

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