True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Performs ‘An Iliad’

September 25, 2014

But You’d Better Hurry as There Are Only 2 Performances!

True Bloods Denis O Hare stars in the stage production of An IliadDenis O’Hare, who we all know as Russell Edgington the vampire king of Louisiana in HBO’s True Blood, will be performing his one man show again. It’s called An Iliad and it tells the story of the Trojan war as based on Homer’s epic poem called The Iliad. If you live in the New Orleans area, or will be heading that way over the next few days, then why not check out Denis performing? You need to hurry if you are wanting to attend though as there are only two performances – and opening night is basically a sellout.

All the details are below (courtesy of Nola.com):

When: Sept. 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Admission: $35 advance; $40 day of show. To purchase go to cacno.org or call 504.528.3800.

Party: The CAC and Scene Magazine are hosting a pre-event, industry mixer with a cash bar, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. until show time. The gathering takes place at the café inside the CAC and is free and open to the public.

While the pre-event party does not guarantee who will be attending from the production, there is the possibility that Denis O’Hare will be present.

Here’s a preview trailer of Denis in An Iliad:

Source: Nola.com – Want to see ‘American Horror Story’ star Denis O’Hare in New Orleans? Better hurry!

(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

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VIDEO: Interview with True Blood’s Denis O’Hare

January 14, 2013

Dennis O’Hare Discusses An Iliad and True Blood’s Russell Edgington

Denis O'Hare stars as Russell Edgington in HBO's True Blood

Fans of True Blood’s resident (but now deceased) baddie, Russell Edgington are in for a treat with with this video. Currently, Denis O’Hare is eager to discuss the production of An Iliad,  a play he co-authored alongside Lisa Peterson, about the classic tale of war; The Iliad (written originally by Homer). The one man show stars Scott Parkinson, a story teller who struggles with the mythology and brutality of his poem (The Iliad).

Make sure you check out the full video below of Denis O’Hare as he chats to Reel Film News about his latest endeavour as well as his thoughts on being Russell Edgington in HBO’s True Blood.

 

(Source: ReelFilmNew.com – The Studio Theatre: Exclusive Interview w/AN ILIAD Co-Author, Denis O’Hare!

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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Denis O’Hare Juggles True Blood Season 5, and ‘An Iliad’

April 6, 2012

Denis O’Hare adapts Homer’s Iliad for the New York stage:

Stephen Spinella and Denis O'Hare (photo by Joan Marcus)Denis O’Hare, who plays the Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington in HBO’s series True Blood, has recently adapted Homer’s epic poem, ‘The Iliad’, for the New York stage. Collaborating with friend, Lisa Peterson who also directs, O’Hare wrote, and plays the leading role in this one-man play, ‘An Iliad’. Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) alternates performances with O’Hare.

In the early days of the Iraq War, Peterson approached O’Hare about adapting the story of the Trojan War as a platform for performance. They worked on the project periodically over the course of five years until they had a script. When asked how the work was condensed to create the script, O’Hare answered:

“We decided the most basic structure is Achilles meets Hector, the symbols of Greece and Troy respectively. We focused our stories around that central conflict with everything else radiating outward.”

O’Hare addressed the differences in acting for both stage and screen. He explained that each has benefits and drawbacks. “Actors must understand the medium in which they are working so they can adjust their performances accordingly.”

True Blood update

When the subject of True Blood came up, O’Hare said that he would be returning to the HBO series during the run of ‘An Iliad’. He explained that he is scheduled to film briefly in mid-March:

“Then I’m back in L.A. at the end of March to shoot some more. I’ve read about six scripts. They’ve got some very nice stuff planned.”

‘An Iliad’ officially opened March 6 with O’Hare and March 7 with Spinella at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4 St., NYC. 212-460-5475.

Source and photo: Back Stage

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

December 8, 2011

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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