by Jason Dennison, Community Resource Coordinator, Silverton Paideia Academy
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s regional premiere production of DIS/TROY by Yokanaan Kearns will be performed at Silverton Paideia Academy, 6829 Stewart Road in Silverton. The show is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free but seating is limited. Call the school’s Community Resource Office at 513-363-5473 to reserve you seats.
DIS/TROY is an extraordinary theatrical adaptation of Homer’s THE ILIAD. Set during the Trojan War, the play cuts to the core issues of the classic epic – glory, fate, revenge and homecoming. The Greek warrior hero Achilles refuses to fight, leading to disastrous results for both the Greeks and their enemy. Dramatic scenes in the mortal world alternate with comic scenes on Mount Olympus, where the gods are fighting their own, often ridiculous “war” to see which side will win. Funny, nimble and accessible, DIS/TROY retains the eloquence and complexity of Homer's well-known classic.
The play was developed and produced at Honolulu Theatre for Youth in 2004 and played at the John F. Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival in Washington, D.C. Four actors each play Greeks, Trojans and the Olympian Gods. The play features fantastic costumes, deep passions, high and low comedy, exciting stage combat and all the theatrical elements necessary to excite and engage people of all ages with this classic of Western Civilization. The themes of anger, self-control, jealousy and maturity, in particular, are deeply resonant for today’s teens.
According to The Honolulu Star Bulletin, “It would be difficult to come up with a more entertaining and accessible treatment of The Iliad than playwright Yokanaan Kearns provides with Dis/Troy.” And The Honolulu Advertiser had this to say: “The remarkable thing about Dis/Troy…is the way it blends outright silliness with realistic fight scenes to make Homer's Iliad accessible to contemporary audiences.”
The cast of DIS/TROY features members of the Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Intern Touring Company. Education Director Mark Lutwak directs. Other members of the production team include Christopher Boone (Set Designer), Kathe James (Costume Designer), Karie-Lee Sutherland (Choreographer), Jonn Baca (Fight Choreographer), Jen Lampson (Props Designer), Sebastian Botzow (Sound Designer) and Grace Briner Rockstroh (Stage Manager).
DIS/TROY will tour to 15 different community-based arts centers as well area middle and high schools this winter from January 15 to February 19. For more information about the Playhouse's education and outreach programs, contact the Education Department at 513/345-2242 or visit www.cincyplay.com.
About Silverton Paideia Academy: Silverton Paideia Academy is a Cincinnati Public School District elementary magnet school adhering to the Paideia philosophy of education—guided by the principles that all children can learn, that all students need and deserve the same high quality education, that all students must be challenged to perform to the best of their ability, and that all genuine knowledge is active rather than passive. In support of these goals, the school has also adopted the museum school concept to enhance the instruction and learning already taking place. As a museum school, the staff and students partner with more than a dozen institutions from across the region to enrich the experience of students and to share these resources with the Silverton community.