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Continued: Veteran Guthrie actor Stephen Yoakam takes up the mantle of war, in the name of peace, in the regional premiere of 'An Iliad'

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 3, 2013 - 3:20 PM

He does not see the show as a mountain but rather as a chance to put down things he has been carrying around for a while. And he credits McGovern with helping him to get to that place where the show does not feel like a burden.

“I think that ultimately this is a great anti-war project,” Yoakam said. “Because it has so much rage, so much destruction and killing, it gives rise to a disgust in the heart. It says to use what we have to figure out a way to get this right.”


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  • Stephen Yoakam rehearsed the Homer-derived solo work “An Iliad.” “This play, in going to some really scary places, is ultimately anti-war, anti-violence,” Yoakam said. “The storyteller in it wants nothing more than to be able to stop reciting his tale.”


    What: Adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from a translation by Robert Fagles. Directed by Ben McGovern.

    When: Previews 7 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue. Opens 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 1 & 7 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. Ends May 26.

    Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.

    Tickets: $29-$39. 612-377-2224 or

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