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A one-man ‘Iliad’ comes to ArtsEmerson

NEW YORK — When actor Denis O’Hare and director Lisa Peterson began developing their theatrical adaptation of Homer’s “The Iliad” in 2005, the United States was embroiled in two simultaneous wars halfway around the world.

Yet the duo never intended their update of Homer’s ancient epic poem, about the brutality of the Trojan War, to be an antiwar jeremiad. Indeed, the collaborators came to the project, “An Iliad,” with differing passions and perspectives about the seemingly insatiable human thirst for violence and destruction.

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