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A modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. 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—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.


Burbage is thrilled to welcome two-time Grammy Award Winner, and acclaimed author/storyteller/musician and Rhode Island resident Bill Harley, for what promises to be a one-of-a-kind rendition of an endlessly relevant play, performed by a true master of storytelling.


Winner of the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.


“Spellbinding…Smartly conceived and impressively executed, AN ILIAD relates an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today…As he talks about ruined civilizations and how blind rage can overwhelm people whether they are on a battlefield or merely cut off by a car on the highway, the poet asks viewers, 'Do you see?' Indeed we do.” —The New York Times.


“AN ILIAD is pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying.” —Time Out New York.


“Explosive, altogether breathtaking…Brilliantly meshes past and present calamity, with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos.” —Chicago Sun-Times


“100 intelligent, emotional minutes.” —Huffington Post.


“A brilliant and thrilling adaptation.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.

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