February 25 – March 23
Quadracci Powerhouse

Adapted from Homer
By Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare
Translation by Robert Fagles
Directed by John Langs

James E. and Mary K. Braza, Executive Producers
Warren and Wendy Blumenthal, Associate Producers
James DeVita’s performance is sponsored by Anthony and Donna Meyer

A breathtakingly-relevant, modern retelling of a timeless classic.

“It’s a good story,” says the lone figure, just emerged from the darkness, as he launches into this modern, enthralling adaptation of Homer’s epic poem that relives the glory and brutality of the Trojan War. Wisconsin-favorite actor, James DeVita, shares the stage with a virtuoso musician in this lean, muscular, tour-de-force performance filled with wit and wisdom that conjures the rage of the gods as it delves deep into mankind’s attraction to violence and destruction.

Pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal, and deeply satisfying.TIMEOUT NY

Mark Clements

“This spellbinding new play—drawn from thousands-of-years-old, razor-sharp source material that still packs a massive punch—is a glove fit for the wonderful and charismatic James DeVita. He’s the kind of performer who can conquer a one-man retelling of a vast, classic story, and fill the Quadracci Powerhouse stage with only the aid of one incredible musician. A theatrical event truly not to be missed!”


» Learn more about An Iliad from Artistic Director Mark Clements



Adapated from Homer by
Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
Translation by Robert Fagles


Poet… James Devita*
Cellist… Alicia Storin

Creative Team

Director, John Langs
Scenic Designer, Andrew Boyce
Costume Designer, Holly Payne
Lighting Designer, Noele Stollmack
Sound Designer, Josh Schmidt
Casting Directors, JC Clementz & Sandy Ernst
Assistant Director, Emily Penick
Stage Manager, Rebecca Lindsey *
Assistant Stage Manager, Jennifer Lynn Anderson *
Stage Management Intern, Kimberly Carolus

± Rep Associate Artist
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



James Devita, (Poet), a native of Long Island, NY, is very happy to be returning to The Rep where he was most recently seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and Glengarry Glen Ross. Jim, an author and actor, is a company member at American Players Theatre and lives in Wisconsin. He has been touring the country for the past few years with his one-man show In Acting Shakespeare, and is excited to be taking it to Ireland this fall for an eleven city tour. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Fiction, Jim has had two novels published, The Silenced and Blue (HarperCollins), and is also a widely published playwright, writing for both adults and young audiences. AWARDS: AATE Distinguished Play Award, Intellectual Freedom Award, and The American Alliance of Theater and Education honored his complete body of work with the Charlotte Chorpenning Award. EDUCATION: Jim worked five years as a first mate on the fishing boat JIB VII, out of Great South Bay, Long Island, studied theater at Suffolk County Community College and UW-Milwaukee, and attended MATC to become a licensed EMT. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actor's Equity Association.  -Top-

Alicia Storin, (Cellist) began playing cello at the age of 10 with the public school music program in her hometown of Mequon, WI, and continued her studies in middle school and high school with Greg Mathews of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Alicia earned a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities under the tutelage of Tanya Remenikova in 2004, and her Master’s of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007, where she studied with Stephen Geber. Upon her return to Milwaukee, Alicia served as cellist in the Leonard Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music at UW - Milwaukee, where she graduated with a performance certificate under Stefan Kartman in 2013. As a founding member of local group Cadance Collective, Alicia works with musicians and dancers to create collaborative performance pieces using innovative musical scores and original choreography. Cadance Collective has performed at MKE Follies and as part of DanceWorks ‘Intersect’ program. Currently, Alicia and composer Sean Neukom are in the pre-production stages of developing a project for NeuKraft Records, a division of Symbiotic Collusion, based in Pittsburgh, PA.  -Top-

Denis O’Hare, Playwright
Denis is an actor and writer who lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Mr. O’Hare attended Northwestern University where he studied poetry for two years under Alan Shapiro, Mary Kinzie, and Reginald Gibbons. He ultimately received a B.S. in the theatre department and pursued an acting career in Chicago while maintaining a literary salon called the “Ansuz.” In 1992, Mr. O’Hare moved to New York to continue his acting career where he appeared in numerous productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway all the while exploring creative writing in the form of plays and screenplays. He has written three screenplays, numerous poems, and one other play. Mr. O’Hare and Ms. Petersen began collaborating on An Iliad in 2006 and honed the project through multiple workshops with New York Theatre Workshop at Vassar and Dartmouth and with the Sundance Lab Institute. Denis is married to Hugo Redwood, an interior designer, with whom he has a son.   -Top-

Lisa Peterson, Playwright
Lisa is a theater director who wrote and adapted An Iliad with actor Denis O’Hare, for which they won 2012 Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Her other adaptations include The Waves, adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf, with composer David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations), the upcoming The Good Book with Denis O’Hare, and Insurance Men with composer Todd Almond. She was Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum for ten years, and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years before that. Her directing credits include the world premieres of Tony Kushner’s Slavs! , Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories and The Model Apartment, Naomi Wallace’s Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Janusz Glowacki’s The Fourth Sister, John Belluso’s The Poor Itch, Beth Henley’s Ridiculous Fraud, Jose Rivera’s Sueno, Marlane Meyer’s The Chemistry of Change, and many others. She has worked at theaters around the country including New York Theater Workshop, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, Primary Stages, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, and the McCarter Theater. Lisa won an Obie in 1991 for Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at NYTW, and Dramalogue, Drama Desk, and Calloway Award nominations for many other productions. She was the recipient of a TCG/NEA Career Development grant, and regularly develops new plays with the Sundance Theater Lab, New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, and the O’Neill Theater Center. She is a graduate of Yale College, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and the executive board of SDC.  -Top-

Robert Fagles, Translator
Robert was an American professor, poet, and academic, best known for his many translations of ancient Greek classics, especially his acclaimed translations of the epic poems of Homer. His translations generally emphasize contemporary English phrasing and idiom but are faithful to the original as much as possible. Fagles was nominated for the National Book Award in Translation and won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award of the Academy of American Poets in 1991 for his translation of the Iliad. He taught English and comparative literature for many years at Princeton University, and died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey in 2008.  -Top-

John Langs, Director
John's 16-year freelance career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many great artists at prestigious theatre companies across the country. He has directed productions at Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre Company, University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players, A.C.T, New Century Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theaters and Seattle Shakespeare Company where he is an Associate Artist. John received his directing degree from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts where he returns annually to prepare a new crop of actors for a career in the theater. Over the course of his career he has enjoyed directing a wide variety of productions. Some of his favorites include King Lear (Seattle Footlight Award for Best Production of the Year), The Shaggs Philosophy of the World (Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Original Musical, Backstage Garland Award for Best Direction Lucile Lortel and Drama Desk nominations), Brothers Karamazov (seven LADCC Awards including Best Production of the year and Best Direction). John received the first annual Seattle Gregory Award honoring excellence in direction for The Adding Machine. As a dedicated fan of original work, John has shepherded over a dozen projects to their premier production. This past year John has served as the Associate Artistic Director for ACT Theater of Seattle, with a short stint in Spring Green to direct Hamlet for the American Players Theatre. He is thrilled to be back at The Rep.  -Top-

Andrew Boyce, Set Designer
Andrew is a New York based scenic and costume designer who works in theatre, opera, and film. Recent credits include: Love & Warcraft (Alliance Theatre); Ode To Joy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC); The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre), The Mountaintop (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Buried Child (Magic Theatre). Other NYC credits with: The Play Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Barrow Street Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, SPF, & Lesser America. Regional credits with: Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Repertory Theatre, Curtis Opera Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Westport Country Playhouse, Asolo Rep Theatre, Syracuse Stage, TheatreWorks (CA), Bay Street Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Wilma Theater, & American Players Theatre, among others. Andrew is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where he is currently on faculty in the design department.   -Top-

Holly Payne, Costume Designer
Holly is delighted to return to the Milwaukee Rep. Currently teaching costume design and technology at the University of North Carolina - Pembroke, Holly graduated with an MFA in costume design and technology from the University of Arkansas. She has also designed for Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, University of Tulsa, American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Florentine Opera, First Stage Children's Theater, Forward Theater Company, Riverside Theatre (Vero Beach, FL) and TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR). Some of her favorite designs at The Rep have been for Lombardi in the Quadracci Powerhouse and The Bomb-itty of Errors in the Stackner. Much thanks to The Rep's amazing costume shop and much love to ACB for being a fantastic partner.  -Top-

Noele Stollmack, Lighting Designer
Recent lighting includes Redwood Curtain, as well as the world premiere of Jeff Daniel’s The Meaning of Almost Everything at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, as well as The Rep’s The Whipping Man, Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Fidelio and El Cimarron, along with Molly Sweeney, Antony & Cleopatra and Dickens in America for American Players Theatre. Scenery and lighting design includes Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, Rio de Sangre, Macbeth, Tristan und Isolde and Magic Flute for the Florentine Opera Company, Rape of Lucretia for Toledo Opera, Mirandolina for Milwaukee Rep, Twelfth Night for Milwaukee Shakespeare, as well as lighting and scenic realization for Meredith Monk’s international tours of mercy & impermanence. Noele’s lighting has appeared in productions at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Pacific, Portland Opera, Vancouver Opera, Madison Opera, Nashville Opera Association and First Stage Children’s Theater. As Lighting Director for Houston Grand Opera, she supervised the lighting for over 50 operas and designed notable productions including Andrei Serban’s Elektra, Dr. Jonathan Miller’s Der Rosenkavalier, Aida, and the world premieres of Harvey Milk, Desert of Roses, and Dracula Diary.  -Top-

Josh Schmidt, Sound Designer
Josh is thrilled to return to The Rep after previously designing Yellowman, Yankee Tavern, I Am My Own Wife, and State of the Union, among others. Recent Milwaukee projects include A Thousand Clowns at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Recently in Chicago he designed Sweet Bird of Youth at Goodman Theatre, Tribes, The Birthday Party, and The March (among others) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Minister's Wife at Writers’ Theatre (Associate Artist). BROADWAY: House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs. OFF BROADWAY: A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), ADD1NG MACH1N3 (Minetta Lane Theatre), Whida Peru (Premieres/59E59); Dinner With Friends (Roundabout Theatre Company), Model Apartment (Primary Stages), 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company), Water By the Spoonful (Second Stage Theatre), When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Fifty Words (MCC Theater), Crime and Punishment (59E59). REGIONAL: Over 150 productions at venues across the country including Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Ontario, Canada), Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre (Associate Artist), Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Delaware Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, among others. COMMISSIONS: Metropolitan Opera, Disney Theatricals, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and Signature Theatre. RECORDINGS: ADD1NG MACH1N3, A Minister’s Wife – both released on PS Classics and available on iTunes. AWARDS/RECOGNITION: Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG, Prague Quadrennial 2007, Sundance Theatre Lab UCross 2012.  -Top-

Emily Penick, Assistant Director
Emily Penick has Assistant Directed several productions this season at The Rep including Ragtime, and is honored to join the An Iliad team. Favorite directing credits include: The Rose Tattoo, The Servant of Two Masters, Spike Heels, The Secret Rapture, and The Lover. Having worked at The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Florida Repertory Theatre, and the historic Asolo Rep Theatre, among others. Emily has immensely enjoyed returning to her Midwestern roots this year. Also a choreographer, Emily earned her MFA in Directing from Ohio University. (emilypenick.com)  -Top-

Rebecca Lindsey, Stage Manager
Becca couldn't be more pleased to be working with this group of fine folks. Since completing her stage management internship at Milwaukee Rep in 2006, favorite shows here have included A Christmas Carol, last season's Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash and Sense and Sensibility, as well as Next to Normal and Tuesdays with Morrie. Becca has also enjoyed seven seasons with American Players Theatre, where she is a member of the core tech company. Recent favorite credits there include The Two Gentleman of Verona and The Admirable Crichton, and, elsewhere, The Wiz with Arkansas Repertory Theatre and three seasons touring with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Many thanks to her wonderful team on this show, Jen and Kimberly.  -Top-

Jennifer Lynn Anderson, Assistant Stage Manager
Jen is very excited to be working on An Illiad. Also this season Jen has had the pleasure of working on Noises Off and End of The Rainbow. Previous credits include Guthrie Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, Tuacahn Center For the Arts and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Many thanks to her friends and family for all the love and support. Jen is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.  -Top-

Kimberly Carolus, Stage Management Intern
Kimberly is excited to continue her internship at The Rep with An Iliad. Earlier this season she worked on I Left My Heart, Ragtime, Forever Plaid, and A Christmas Carol at The Rep. Kimberly recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with her BFA in Stage Management. Her UCF credits include Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, as well as various Assistant Stage Management and Event Management positions. She has also worked for the Orlando Repertory Theatre and completed an internship with Walt Disney World.   -Top-


The Rep Experience

Each of our shows offers opportunities for our audience to engage in conversations and discussion with our staff, artists and guest speakers. Please join us!

Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
Get an insider’s look at the production from a cast member with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance.

TalkBacks | Post-Show
Thursday March 6, 13, 20
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Learn more about the background of the show and/or the themes explored in this production.


» James DeVita Website


» Read The Iliad Online

» Homer Biography


» Learn More about “An Iliad”


» Purchase The Iliad audio book on Amazon

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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs

Recommended Age
10 years and older

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Access Dates
Audio Described
Tuesday, March 4, 6:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thursday, March 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 23, 2pm

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