Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 10:00PM

Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare/Homer's Coat: An Iliad / Panel Discussion: Homer's Iliad: An Anti-War Manifesto? / SCPA Exhibition: After the War is Over

Panel Discussion: Homer's Iliad: An Anit-War Manifesto?
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
7:30 PM
Dance Theatre

Performance: Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare/Homer's Coat: An Iliad
Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Kay Theatre

Exhibition: After the War is Over: the performing arts response to the post-war experience
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Exhibition Gallery Space

Actor Denis OHare in An Iliad

On Thursday, May1st, The Clarice will host a discussion entitled, Homer's Iliad: An Anti-War Manifesto? moderated by Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU and featuring emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, and founder of The Battle Continues Sudip Bose; Iraq veteran, artist, and director of the Combat Paper Project Drew Cameron; professor from the UMD Department of Classics and Homerist Lillian Doherty; and actor Denis O'Hare, star of the one-man show An Iliad. What does the oldest surviving work of European literature have to tell us about our inclination as humans to engage in war and violence? Can Homer’s Iliad, seen for centuries as exalting the glory of the warrior, be read as an anti-war statement? To what extent does it call into question the code its characters live by?

On Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd, The Clarice will present actor Denis O’Hare and director Lisa Peterson's adaptation of Homer’s great poem about the Trojan War into an intimate solo show illuminating both the heroism and the horror of warfare in a solo performance An Iliad is a one-man performance stars an ageless Greek singer and poet set in a contemporary milieu. The script is rendered in contemporary vernacular language with occasional snatches of verse and even a few bellowed lines in Homer’s original Greek, and is accompanied by Mark Bennett's beautiful score for solo upright bass.The play’s sole narrator, a battered-looking character who claims to have been recounting the yarn throughout the ages, combines the reverence and mystery of ancient Greek mythology with the dynamic urban rhythms of contemporary life. Join the artists for a Talk Back following the Friday, May 2nd performance.

In addition to the performances and discussions taking place at The Clarice, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and Special Collections in Performing Arts is presenting an exhibition entitled After the War is Over: the performing arts response to the post-war experience. This exhibition will explore the ways that the post-war experience expressed or creatively documented in the performing arts through music and plays that respond to the lives that continue after the war is over. Located in the gallery space on the main floor of MSPAL and presented in conjunction with the Clarice Smith Center’s production of An Iliad and the Combat Paper Project workshops taking place at the Center, this exhibition explores the resources available in MSPAL’s special and general collections that pertain to the historic response of the performing arts to the post-war experience. To learn more about a selection of the resources that inspired this exhibit and the events at The Clarice, visit the University of Maryland Libraries.

  • Homer's The Iliad: Explore or rediscover this staple of Classical Greek literature through these UMD Libraries resources, featuring commentary and literary criticism dedicated to help readers understand the poem
  • Films featuring actor Denis O'Hare

SCPA Exhibition - this exhibit features panels dedicated to the post-war experience as represented in various mediums. Learn more about the playwrights, composers, and musicians featured in these texts.

 Some highlights of these lists include:

Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008 — Hugo Keesing, et al.
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections Room
Call Number:
MCD 12460
A collection comprised of 13 discs and an accompanying 300-page book, illustrated with archival photographs, album covers, and images of memorabilia from the time, this box set guides the listener through the tumultuous era of the Vietnam War through recordings of music and the words of political and military figures involved in the conflict. This landmark publication features both commercial recordings and music written and performed by veterans, and explores the powerful impact of the war on society through its musical legacy.

Debussy & Ravel: Les enregistrements erato — Monique Haas
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM)
Call Number:
MERATO 2564 69967-2
Fans of French piano music shouldn’t miss this six-disc set that includes some of the most well known works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, recorded by pianist Monique Haas between 1968 and 1972. This collection features Debussy’s Berceuse Héroïque and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, two pieces explored in the section of After the War is Over dedicated to conflict and Classical music. To access this recording, ask at the MSPAL circulation desk.

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bones: Two Plays David Rabe
Michelle Smith Performing Library — Stacks
Call Number:
PS3568.A23 B3 1973
Tony award-winning playwright and veteran David Rabe’s 1971 drama Sticks and Bones explores the reality of the Vietnam draft and the fictional story of a blinded soldier coming home to a family that cannot relate to the experiences he had during the conflict or how he has changed in response to them. Through the medium of theatre, Rabe addresses the conflicted emotions experienced by both soldiers and civilians during this turbulent time in American history and the effect of those emotions on individuals, families, and society.