We're absolutely overwhelmed by how much our audiences love An Iliad! Of course we think Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's contemporary adaptation of the story of the Trojan War is pretty awesome, but here's what people like you say:
"This was theatre at its best — satisfying on so many levels. Please convey our deepest appreciation to Henry Woronicz for giving us so much."
"We were deeply moved by An Iliad. The acting was superb and the production fantastic!"
"One of the best Berkeley Rep productions I've seen. Have recommended it to two friends. One has seen it already, one is going next week. Wish my kids weren't off at college or I'd take them as well."
"A bravura performance! A real treat to see an actor so varied in his vocal and physical prowess."
"It was absolutely incredible! The acting by Henry Woronicz was not to be believed! He certainly deserved the standing ovation!!! What an amazing adaptation to today’s world. Thank you for a very thought-provoking experience."
By Frances Maples, Teen Council member
An Iliad, a powerful, provocative play based on Homer’s The Iliad was eye-opening for 75 Bay Area teens who attended the show early in October. Before the performance, Frances Maples interviewed acclaimed director and writer, Lisa Peterson, asking the artist about her creative processes and inspirations.
Mary Zimmerman's White Snake opens in less than three weeks -- and it's her seventh show here at Berkeley Rep! She's among our most frequent guest directors, and she's a favorite with our patrons (and the critics).
To celebrate, let's take a look at the past six shows at the Theatre...
The Arabian Nights (2008-09, encore 2010)
Mary Zimmerman breathes new life into the tale of 1,001 nights.
"First rate entertainment... Zimmerman has a genius for building stage spectaculars from the most basic, old-fashioned materials." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Even in previews, An Iliad earned standing ovations and more than several teary eyes as actor Henry Woronicz captivated audiences with a contemporary retelling of the Trojan War.
It officially opened on Wednesday -- and the reviews are in! Here's what the critics say:
Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Managing Director Susan Medak both scored awards recently. We already told you about Susan's award. On Friday, Tony picks up the Margo Jones Award!
Recipients of this award have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and have encouraged the living theatre everywhere. Past recipients include Joseph Papp, Lloyd Richards, and Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.