In the middle of dinner, a wandering bard enters the restaurant to tell a wonderful war story. In this retelling of Homer’s epic Iliad, a world-weary poet tells a harrowing and timeless story of the Trojan War, of bravery, bloodshed and the heat of battle. Santa Fe Playhouse, in collaboration with North Carolina’s Rhinoleap Productions, presents An Iliad, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, at five local restaurants and bars, starting Saturday, October 29 at La Casa Sena.

An Iliad was first performed in 2012 at the New York Theater Workshop. Rhinoleap’s version stars Patrick Osteen and is co-directed by Kelly Maxner and Jeremy Skidmore. “One of the reasons to put this in a bar or a restaurant is that when these stories were told in history, they were told in taverns,” Osteen explains. “It’s so much easier to talk about these horrors in a bar. When we’re all in the same space, the story of war is a human story.”

In his review of the original production for The New York Times, Christopher Isherwood writes, “Homeric scholars should be warned that this is not merely a condensed recitation of the poem, but a narrative that puts the emphasis on contemporary vernacular rather than poetry. Although the narrator throws in snippets of verse at moments of heightened drama, and occasionally even breathes a few lines in the original Greek, most of the story is rendered in casual contemporary language that puts both mortals and gods on our own level.”

Patrick Osteen lives in Asheboro, North Carolina. He is co-founder and artistic associate

director of RhinoLeap Productions. He teaches acting, puppetry, movement and improvisation to high school students and performs across the United States, including Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk International Tour and the Broadway National Tour of War Horse.

Jeremy Skidmore has directed, produced and/or taught across the United States and on five continents. He joined RhinoLeap as Art Director in 2017. Kelly Maxner has created distinct works across America and for many different companies around the world. A specific theme of Kelly’s creative work involves kenetic collaboration and expressive gestural movement.

An Iliad lasts approximately 90 minutes without intermission. Photos of Patrick Osteen in performance are attached to this e-mail. Additional photos are available.

Show schedule and ticket information:

7 p.m. Saturday, October 29
Casa Sena
$27 cover charge
Tickets through Santa Fe Playhouse
or at the door

7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery
$27 cover charge
Tickets through Santa Fe Playhouse
or at the door

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 8
Coyote Lair
Prix ​​Fixe dinner / Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
$115 includes dinner and show
Tickets through Santa Fe Playhouse

6 p.m. Wednesday, November 9
Fixed price dinner with a special Mediterranean dinner selected by the chef
$125 includes dinner and drinks
Tickets through El Nido

6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10
Arroyo Vino
Fixed price dinner
$125 includes an Ancient Greek-inspired family meal
Tickets via Arroyo Vino

For more information, call 505-988-4262 or visit

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