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AN ILIAD

From Robert Fagles’ translation, An Iliad transforms Homer’s epic poem into a riveting monologue. Crafted around the stories of Achilles and Hector with language that is both poetic and conversational, An Iliad refreshes a world classic, thus creating a powerful piece of theater that explores the human compulsion toward violence.

Generously sponsored by Claudia Perles and Gerry Fultz.

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MaConnia Chesser as "The Poet", 2022. Photo by Nile Scott Studios.

MaConnia Chesser as "The Poet", 2022. Photo by Nile Scott Studios.

MaConnia Chesser as "The Poet", 2022. Photo by Nile Scott Studios.

MaConnia Chesser as "The Poet", 2022. Photo by Nile Scott Studios.

Artists

MaConnia Chesser (she / her)

MaConnia Chesser [she / her]

(the Poet)

S&Co: King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Intimate Apparel, Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . .Boys of York, Queen Meg), Pride & Prejudice, Lovers’ Spat (2017 & 2018), Winter Studio Festival of Plays. REGIONAL: Ancram Opera House, Actors’ Shakespeare Project,

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Jeffrey Mousseau (he / him)

Jeffrey Mousseau [he / him]

(Director)

Jeffrey Mousseau is co-director of Ancram Opera House in Columbia County, NY, where he staged An Iliad with MaConnia Chesser in October 2021. At Ancram, he has also helmed Homebody by Tony Kushner (Berkshire Theatre Critics Award, Outstanding Solo Performance), Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die, the American premiere

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Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

(Playwright)

Denis O’Hare is a writer and Tony Award-winning actor who has performed on Broadway and off-Broadway as well as in numerous regional productions and in film and television. His TV work includes roles on HBO’s True Blood and FX’s American Horror Story.

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Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson

(Playwright)

Lisa Peterson 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

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Melissa Ziccardi [she / her]

(Wardrobe / Assistant Stage Manager)

Melissa is excited to back for a fifth season and Shakespeare & Company.

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Diana Evans (she / her)

Diana Evans [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Diana Evans is a writer, stage manager, and theatre education artist. She holds a BA in Communication, Journalism, Creative Writing, & English from New England College, Henniker N.H. Recent credits include: Advice To The Players (Sandwich N.H.): Stage Manager (As You Like It, 2020), Director (Noir Hamlet,

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Hope Rose Kelly

Hope Rose Kelly

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: The Chairs, King Lear, Topdog/Underdog, Macbeth, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, God of Carnage, Or, Two Gentleman of Verona, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Rough Crossing, Blue/Orange, The Ladies Man, Othello, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taster,

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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