Anti-war and Family central themes in Geordie 2014 shows: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY
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The Iliad and The Odyssey
Two of the Best Stories Ever Told | Deux des plus grandes histoires jamais racontées.
The Iliad April 4-13, 2014 and The Odyssey May 9-18, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Geordie Productions presents a double bill of The Iliad and The Odyssey for their 33rd season. One writer, one cast of actors, one team of designers and two directors take on the incredible challenge of presenting Homer’s classics, adapted by Peter Smith.
Artistic Director Dean Patrick Fleming remarks, “With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we think this might be a good time to reflect on war and its consequences, which is what The Iliad does so well. These two mythical tales are, at their root, the first adventure stories and that’s why I’m excited to bring them to life.”
While The Iliad focuses primarily on an anti-war theme, family is at the forefront of The Odyssey, a coming of age tale about a father and a son separated for 20 years. Micheline Chevrier will direct The Iliad in April and Geordie Artistic Director Dean Patrick Fleming will direct The Odyssey one month later. The company of actors features of Quincy Armorer, Daniel Brochu, Susan Glover, Karl Graboshas, and Pippa Leslie sharing multiple roles.
It is a great challenge to bring to the stage such a story, and it is a joyous one. Not many stories call upon actors to use their hearts, bodies and souls in such a complete way. What a gift it is to create such memorable characters as Achilles and Aphrodite, and such battles as the ones that were fought on the shores of Troy!”
–Micheline Chevrier, Director, The Iliad
The design team features a set by Marjolaine Provençal, costumes by Marija Djordjevic, lighting by Andrea Lundy, and sound by Jesse Ash. Taking a cue from modern super heroes and graphic novels, Geordie Productions brings to life an imagined world that is highly theatrical in its storytelling and beautifully designed.
Adds Chevrier, “In The Iliad, Homer creates a world populated by gods, demi-gods and heroes, who fight, defend, love and survive. It is a world where the fantastic and the everyday meet, where physical ability and superpowers affect outcome, where desire informs every action.”
The Iliad: April 4 – 13, 2014 | Opening Night Performance: Friday April 4, 7pm
Performances: Apr 4 @ 7pm, Apr 5 @ 4pm, Apr 6 @ 1&4pm, Apr12 @ 4&7pm, Apr 13 @ 1&4pm
School Matinées: Daily Apr 8–11 @ 10am 1pm
The Odyssey: May 9-18, 2014 | Opening Night Performance: Friday May 9, 7pm
Performances: May 9 @ 7pm, May 10 @ 4pm, May 11 @ 1pm&4pm, May 17 @ 4pm&7pm, May 18 @ 1&4pm
School Matinées: Daily May 13—16 @ 10am 1pm
VENUE: Centaur Theatre | 453 St-François-Xavier (Old Montreal)
TICKETS (ON SALE NOW): $18.50 adults, $14.50 children, $16.50 students/seniors, Group rates available
MEDIA CALL The Iliad THURSDAY April 3rd, 2pm @ Centaur Theatre 453 St-Francois Xavier
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