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AND "KILLING BUDDHA" AT THE BLACK BOX THEATRE IN FEBRUARY
No Strings Theatre Company in association with Theatre Dojo welcomes a return
of the touring southwestern premiere of the highly acclaimed Obie award-winning adaptation of Homer’s Iliad, a play
the New York Times called “spellbinding…an age-old story that resonates with
tragic meaning today.” "An Iliad," written Lisa Peterson and Denis
O'Hare, is performed by actor Algernon D'Ammassa
and musician Randy Granger.
The music and storytelling duo will also present their first original work together, a play entitled "Killing Buddha,"
written by D'Ammassa, with music by Granger. The play
premiered at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, in
August, where it was widely acclaimed and awarded the "Fringe Pick"
"An Iliad," based on Robert Fagles
translation of Homer's epic poem, is a modern retelling of the Trojan War,
including gods, warriors, their families,and the
endless battles of human history with a gripping, contemporary voice. D'Ammassa and Granger play mysterious, homeless
storytellers who create the ancient world for an audience using storytelling,
a few simple props, and an improvised musical accompaniment on a variety of
instruments. Theatre Dojo's production debuted at the Black Box Theatre in
2014 and has toured since to cities throughout New Mexico, Texas, Arizona,
and North Carolina.
"Killing Buddha" is intended as a
unofficial sequel to Peterson and O'Hare's award winning play. D'Ammassa explains "Randy and I play the same
storytellers, only this time we interact more. We eat, pray, and sing
together and tell a story from a different part of the world. From Homer's
epic, we transition to the folklore of Asia, from the gods of Olympus to a
very human Buddha" The play is based on a legend in which the historical
Buddha encounters a serial killer in search of atonement.
In both shows, the storytellers take ancient legends and relate them directly
to a modern audience, making reference to contemporary issues and themes.
""An Iliad" is a play about war and human rage," says D'Ammassa, ""Killing Buddha" picks up the
theme of rage and violence, and finds its way to a story about redemption and
Algernon D’Ammassa is a theatrical actor who has
also appeared on film and television. He trained professionally at the
Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and has traveled all
over the United States and to Europe as a performer and teacher. In 2006, he
founded Theatre Dojo in Los Angeles, California as a multi-disciplinary
community combining yoga, meditation, and martial arts with the performing
arts. Since 2011, he has worked regularly with No Strings Theatre Company of
Las Cruces, and he teaches at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico
Randy Granger is a native New Mexican of indigenous ancestry. He is a master
of various instruments, combining Native American flute with musical
traditions encompassing rock, jazz, mariachi, and more. Based in Las Cruces,
he tours the United States as a solo musician and teacher. "An Iliad" has a single performance
on Friday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. "Killing Buddha" performances
are Saturday, February 13, Friday, February 19 and Saturday February 20, all
at 8:00 p.m., and a Sunday matinee on February 21 at 2:30 PM. All
performances are at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main Street in Las Cruces.
Admission is $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors over 65 or students.
Reservations can be made by calling the Black Box Theatre at (575) 523-1223.
For more information on Theatre Dojo and upcoming performances, a Facebook
page has been established at www.facebook.com/algernoniliad.
March 4-20, 2016
by Harold Pinter
directed by Karen Caroe
"Fascinating capacity to be menacing, ominous and
evocative of some dark and threatening doom." - The New York Post
"The most interesting play to be seen on Broadway."
- The New York Times
May 6-22, 2016
by Nell Benjamin
directed by Algernon
"You don't have to be British to lose your composure and
howl with laughter at The Explorers Club , a witty spoof of all those bold Victorian
adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in
the name of science." —Variety. "
June 17-July 3, 2016
by Tom Stoppard
directed by Ceil
Winner! Tony Award for Best Play - 1984 and Winner! 2000 Tony
Award for Best Revival of a Play
"So packed with wit, ideas and feelings ... Stoppard's most moving play and the most bracing play
anyone has written about love and marriage in years." - The New
"Shimmering, dazzling theatre, a play of uncommon wit and
intelligence which not only thoroughly delights but challenges and illuminates
our lives." - WCBS TV.onstage.com
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