Homer’s epic poem “The Iliad” gets a makeover on the stage at the University of Guam Theater with the production of “An Iliad” the last two weekends of September.
Performed in the tradition of oral storytelling, Madison Scott, Assistant Theater Professor at UOG, tells the story of the Trojan War and its cost as a poet. The muse, played by Shannon Dean San Nicolas, joins her on stage.
“Although the story focuses on legendary characters like Hector and Achilles, this piece actually does a beautiful job of exploring very human impulses of rage, pride and forgiveness,” said Scott, who also directed the production, with the help of Troy McVey.
“The poet’s voice is contemporary but also timeless – she was in the Trojan War and she’s seen several wars since,” Scott said. “She’s here now, but she’s had a long time to understand why we fight wars and why that seems to be as much a part of being human as the ability to know that wars have an immense cost.”
Throughout the story, audiences are transported into the hearts and minds of several key figures of the Trojan War, finding themselves mirrored in their choices and fates.
The show, which features strong language and adult themes, is suitable for audiences 13 and older.