(New York, NY)

Homer's Coat is the premiere company comprised of two of America's most potent and prolific theater artists, Peterson and O'Hare. They combine their extraordinary talents to hone new experiments in epic storytelling and their fundamental relationship to our past, present and future. Combining Peterson's acclaimed work as cutting edge director and developer of new plays with Tony-winner O'Hare's inimitably diverse and physical performance talents, the two have shaped one of the year's finest works for the stage in AN ILIAD, and continue on to even more ambitious visions in subsequent works for national and international stages.

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“Luminous in its humanism…How incredibly powerful this work of theatre is…O’Hare is passionate, present, compelling, extraordinary. The text he’s co-authored with his director Lisa Peterson is stunning for its nuance, tenderness and concrete detail.” – The Guardian

“This is the sort of theatre that keeps one going back, often sitting through nights of dross, just waiting for something like this to make it all worthwhile.” –

“Under Peterson’s direction, this is theatrical storytelling at its most vital.” —The Boston Globe

“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

“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.”—New York Times

“Intimate, unstuffy, timely, accessible—while preserving a sense of timelessness, and grandeur [An Iliad] enthralls and pierces your heart with images of fallen warriors, bereft wives and parents, and the bitter landscape of a long, fruitless, uselessly barbaric war.”—Seattle Times

“Live theater still has the power to freak people out in violent, visceral ways…And if there’s any justice in the universe, An Iliad will tour to (and spook) audiences across the country for years to come.”—The Stranger


By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homer’s Iliad, Translated by Robert Fagles
A Homer’s Coat Project
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Starring Denis O’Hare
Bassist, Brian Ellingsen
Produced in Association with ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann
Scenic Design by Rachel Hauck
Costume Design by Marina Draghici
Lighting Design by Scott Zielinski
Original Music & Sound Design by Mark Bennett
Production Supervision by Davison Scandrett
Associate Sound Design by Charles Coes & Chris Luessmann

Visionary creators Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have crafted a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem in their OBIE-winning collaboration for the stage. AN ILIAD spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through an original and immediate voice whose own enigmatic experience of the war fires the memories of our own. Tony Award-winning, Emmy nominated actor Denis O’Hare (Broadway’s ASSASSINS, TAKE ME OUT; HBO’s “True Blood”) brings a tour de force performance in this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos, begging the question: Has anything really changed since the Trojan War?

An Iliad was originally developed as part of the New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspects Program, Off-Broadway
premiere produced by New York Theatre Workshop (Jim Nicola, Artistic Director; William Russo, Managing Director) in 2012.

An Iliad was originally produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre (Jerry Manning Producing Artistic Director; Benjamin Moore, Managing Director). It was subsequently produced by McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ (Emily Mann, Artistic Director; Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director; Mara Isaacs, Producing Director).

An Iliad was developed in part with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program.

An Iliad is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

Capacity: 100-1200
Stage: Proscenium / Black Box / Site-specific
Personnel: 7

Availability: Worldwide – OPEN

Photos by Joan Marcus


Tours & Avails

January 15 – Feb 2, 2014
February 16 – 26, 2014
February 28, 2014
March 4-8, 2014
March 12-14, 2014
April 3-4, 2014
May 2-3, 2014
Eli and Edyth Broad Stage
Perth Int’l Arts Festival
Albany Festival of the Arts
Adelaide Festival of the Arts
New Zealand Festival
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
Perth, Australia
Albany, Australia
Adelaide, Australia
Wellington, NZ
Scottsdale, AZ
University Park, MD




An Iliad
An Iliad