Denis O’Hare of True Blood Co-Wrote “An Iliad”

December 8, 2011 by  

His Play to be Performed in Chicago Until December 11:

Denis O’Hare (True Blood’s Russell Edgington)The actor who plays our delightfully villainous Russell Edgington in True Blood and the pernicious, grotesque and suspicious Larry on FX’s American Horror Story has another trick up his sleeve: he’s co-written a play based on Robert Fagle’s English translation of Homer’s infamous Trojan War epic, The Iliad, with respected director Lisa Peterson.

Since 2005, the two have crafted “An Iliad” into a one-man show, out of the epic, that originally opened in 2010.  O’Hare has not acted in it so far, due to his TV/film commitments, but plans to alternate with the lead star (Stephen Spinella from Angels in America and Spring Awakening) in the New York Theatre Workshop’s run beginning in February 2012.  In the Chicago production, currently running at the Court Theatre, “The Poet”, here played by Timothy Edward Kane (The Illusion, Rock ’n’ Roll) was cast by the Court’s artistic director Charles Newell.

“Our hope is by the end of the evening that you not only understand something about the impulse, or as the text says ‘this rage contained within all of us,’ but also how we have a choice with what we do with those emotions,” Newell said, adding that the actor Kane “is just turning himself inside-out emotionally in a very exposed and dangerous performance that I think will have some real impact.”

O’Hare is a Michigan-native, graduate of Northwestern and was first seen on stage in Chicago before moving to New York and acting in productions of “Cabaret,” “Assassins,” and “Sweet Charity.”  He won a Tony award for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s gay baseball drama, “Take Me Out.”

An Iliad continues through December 11 at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $40-$60 for the regular run. Call 773-753-4472 or visit CourtTheatre.org

O’Hare, Peterson and Newell discuss much more in an interview (which discusses the play, O’Hare’s personal life, etc.) in the Windy City Times and I would highly suggest all Truebies check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Source: Windy City Times

 

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