Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller.
Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare workshopped and premiered this powerful re-telling at McCarter Theater and New York Theatre Workshop over a decade ago. Vivia Font of the Princeton Actors Collective and Ameet Doshi revisit with a look at the narrator's voice, and an electric spin in this staged reading.
This performance contains mature content and language.
About the Cast:
Vivia Font is a creative collaborator who has worked most frequently as an actress, educator, director and producer. She has been intrigued by An Iliad for many years since seeing it in La Jolla and at the International Theatre Festival Teatro A Mil in Santiago Chile. Upcoming: The Art of Burning (Huntington Rep, Hartford Stage). She most recently appeared locally with the Princeton Actors Collective in Old Times, and Caridad Svitch’s compelling work Memories of Overgrowth, a documentary style digital piece exploring dictatorship, fascism, survival, with the WorkShop Theatre(NYC). As an actress in NYC: villa (PlayCo), PlayOn! (Classic Stage), Romeo & Juliet (NY Classical) El Huracán (Vineyard Theatre Reading). Select Regional: The Tenth Muse, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Richard III, As You Like It (The Old Globe), Mariela in the Desert (Denver Center) and more. Film/TV: FBI: Most Wanted, For Life, “Love, Repeat”, One Life to Live. In voiceover she has worked on audiobooks, the democratic national campaign, and various commercials in both English and Spanish. Vivia teaches Acting, Voice & Speech, and Performance as vehicle for social, political, and environmental awareness/action, with focuses on Latin America and elsewhere at Princeton University, NYU- Playwright’s Horizons, and Marymount Manhattan College. She has collaborated with the PPL on Among Trees (a celebration of community and nature in the woods) which will occur again this summer for the third year, the PAC and Old Times, and discussion groups. Vivia is a huge fan of the library, you will often see her and her son going up the elevator to the third floor.
Ameet Doshi is head of the Donald E. Stokes Library at Princeton University, guitarist, and jazz pianist. He was born in Chicago, IL and has lived and worked in Tennessee, New Zealand, North Carolina, and Atlanta, GA. As a teenager he began playing electric guitar while also discovering random LPs in his parent's collection including 1960s Bollywood soundtracks, the Grateful Dead, and the Velvet Underground. His guitar style reflects this eclectic background. As an undergraduate student, Ameet undertook coursework in Jazz Studies at the University of Tennessee with Donald Brown (formerly of the renowned "Jazz Messengers") and Jerry Coker, and later attended and performed at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop held at the University of Louisville. He also played guitar in a rock quartet in Knoxville, TN for several years and worked at a local radio station, WUTK 90.3 FM. More recently, he co-hosted a radio show and podcast on WREK 91.1 FM Atlanta called Lost in the Stacks combining his interests in literature, libraries, and rock n' roll. Ameet and his family are incredibly grateful to have access to such a wonderful public library. On weekends he can often be found lost in the stacks at PPL.
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