by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare
based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles
directed by Betty Hart
June 26 – September 3, 2021
Performances in Seime Park
BOXES START AT $60 AND CAN ACCOMMODATE 1-4 PEOPLE
This performance runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
An ancient tale and the modern world collide…
Against the backdrop of the epic San Juan Mountains, a lone figure emerges on a simple stage to tell his story. Fated to repeat the ancient tale of the Trojan War throughout the centuries, our storyteller finds poetry, humor, inspiration, and sadness in this 21st century retelling of Homer’s classic.
This production contains some strong language and descriptions of war and violence.
Please see CRT’s complete list of Content Advisories and Trigger Warnings for additional information.
CRT in the Park FAQ
Do I have to wear a mask at performances? Masks are not required.
Are chairs provided? Patrons will need to bring their own chair or blanket.
Can I bring my dogs to the performance? We all love our furry friends, but they can’t come to the show!
Where is Seime Park? Seime Park is located at 130 Bee McClure Drive, across the street from Sunnyside Chapel and the Mineral County Cemetery. It is a 2 minute drive from town, or a steep 10 minute walk up the dirt path from Loma and 2nd Street (walking map here).
Where do I park? Parking is available all around Sunnyside Chapel. When you arrive at the Park, turn left on Helfin Lane and take the first available parking spot. CRT will have a parking attendant on duty at each performance to guide you.
Are there restrooms? There are portable restrooms adjacent to the park for patron use.
What’s the weather like up there? Please dress accordingly (layers for sun, wind, and maybe light rain!), wear sunscreen and bug spray, bring a poncho, and wear comfy shoes. It can get chilly after sunset, so bring a blanket or jacket.
What happens if there is inclement weather? As they say, if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 5 minutes! Decisions on whether to cancel for inclement weather usually are not made until curtain time. Performances will proceed in rain or shine unless weather conditions become threatening to performers or the audience. If we are forced to “pause” mid- performance for weather we may ask patrons to return to their vehicles until it is safe to proceed, at which time we will ring the bell of the Sunnyside Chapel to ask you to return to your seats. If a performance is cancelled due to weather a member of the CRT Patron Services Team will contact you to exchange your ticket for any future CRT in the Park performance or offer an account credit.
Will concessions be available? CRT will be selling water, soda, and snacks at every performance. Alcoholic beverages will be available every Friday. You are also welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy at the Park. Check out our local restaurants for delicious TO GO options, and remember to properly dispose of all food waste.
Will there be any indoor shows in 2021? All CRT shows will be outdoors this summer. We expect to be back indoors in 2022.
More questions? Heidi, CRT’s Patron Services Manager, has some helpful advice in this short video!
Please read CRT’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols prior to attending any CRT in the Park performance. Many factors went into crafting these rules – your health and safety, and that of our staff and artists, was of the utmost importance. These protocols may change as summer goes on. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate new territory together!
ASL interpreters are located near the stage. Patrons utilizing the service will be seated in an area of the Park that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. One signed performance will be offered for each CRT in the Park performance.
The signed performance for AN ILIAD will be July 24, 2021 at 1:00PM.
To access reserved seating in view of the interpreters for a signed performance email email@example.com or call the box office at (719) 658-2540 (voice).
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Scenic & Properties Design
Music & Original Composition
Juan Carlos Contreras*
* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Imagine a year of isolation where you were required to travel the earth alone. Because of the circumstances of the world, your journey was a solo one with occasional moments of visiting with other humans. You might think I’m talking about the past year where we were isolated due to Covid-19, but I’m not. I’m talking about the plight of the Poet in An Iliad. Our Poet is a journeyman whose life is traveling the world sharing the story & the lessons of the Trojan War. Our Poet’s task is to tell the story. The hope is that there will come a time when the story no longer needs to be told, but until then, like Sisyphus, who was forever required to push the rock up the hill, the Poet must tell the story over and over again until humanity finally hears.
Why should you want to hear a story of isolation, a tale of woe, here in the beautiful community of Creede, against the backdrop of the gorgeous mountain chain that surrounds us here? Because those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Are we, like the Poet, doomed to experience the worst of humanity over and over again, because we won’t learn?
Our Poet asks us “can we ever choose the path of peace or must we descend into madness once more?” This is timely, for as I write this, Israel and Palestine have had bombs flying over each other’s countries for eight consecutive days, with over two hundred people dead. That heartbreaking number will probably rise by the time you read this.
As our Poet shares the tale of the Trojan War, there is a heart that is breaking, not just for the Trojan War, but for our current world. What might happen if we decided that war would no longer be tolerated? That war was no longer an option? What if collectively, as a city, state, nation, or world, we decided that the children of tomorrow would read about war and see it as a fairy tale because war, like dragons, no longer visit the earth?
There is hope in those questions. There is hope that one day we will choose to look at our metaphorical neighbor as ourself, that we would choose the path of love and peace and empathy—not just for ourselves, but for the world community at large. Is it possible? I don’t know. But there is a gleam in the Poet’s eye, and I invite you to watch closely and see if you can see it, that says “perhaps”. Perhaps, there will be a day where each and every one of us decides that love is stronger than hate, and that we will have the courage to rewrite our future by saying a final farewell to war.