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"AN ILIAD" 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" festival prize.

"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 transformation."

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 State University.

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.

 

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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

 

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May 6-22, 2016

 

by Nell Benjamin

directed by Algernon D'Ammassa

 

"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. "

 

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June 17-July 3, 2016

 

by Tom Stoppard

directed by Ceil Herman

 

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 York Times.

"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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