Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Many months ago, I did an event at the fabulous Newtonville Books, in Newton MA, where I had the good fortune to meet local theater director Melissa Bernstein, who expressed an interest in doing a non-profit, staged reading of “The Song of Achilles.” As a theater lover and director myself, I was thrilled, especially when I saw her passion for the project. I am delighted to announce that after months of hard work by her and her cast, this event, now officially “The Song of Achilles: A Staging” goes up in Newton this weekend!
The production, which tackles the first half of the novel, is produced in collaboration with local high school Newton North, and features Boston-area actors of all ages. Here are the performance dates and times:
Thursday, March 27th, 7:30 PM: Acts I and II (taking Achilles and Patroclus through their time with the teacher Chiron).
Friday, March 28th, 7:30 PM: Acts III and IV (following Achilles and Patroclus from Chiron until just before sailing to Troy).
Saturday, March 29th, 3:00 PM-9:00 PM: Acts I-IV all together, including an intermission with free dinner.
I’ll be doing a talkback after Friday’s performance with Melissa, and will also be in the audience on Thursday and Friday, and possibly Saturday as well. So if you come, please say hello!
More information on the show and reserving tickets can be found here—all proceeds go to cover the school’s theater operating costs. Hope to see you there!
Reviews“A startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist... a book I could not put down.” Ann Patchett, author of the Orange Prize-winning Bel Canto