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An Iliad in Boston – the countdown begins


An Iliad in Boston

So our tour of “An Iliad” is beginning soon.  1st stop — –ArtsEmerson in Boston and it suddenly occurs to me that I have to dust off my script and make sure I still know all the words.

The funny thing is:  I still know most of the words.  The bad thing is:  I don’t know ALL of the words.  This is especially tricky when it comes to –

THE LIST OF WARS – that massive list of man’s folly that appears very late in the play and lasts for……a very long time.  I know a lot of ’em.  Not sure I know all of ’em. 

graphic script shot from "An Iliad"

So every day, I do at least an hour of running lines and then always end with THE LIST OF WARS.  Sometimes I run the lines in my head as I ride my bike to and from midtown (over the Manhattan bridge by they way – see my post about biking in the city).  Sometimes I run the lines as I try to fall asleep – not recommended.  Sometimes I sit at my makeshift office overlooking the kitchen and run the lines using the script open in front of me on my computer.

OH, and add to this the fact that I start shooting another episode of “The Good Wife” next week and have lines to learn for that AND I have a film audition tomorrow and have to cram those lines in my head and …..well, the days are short and the anxiety level is high.

I think the most common question an actor gets is: “How do you learn all those lines?”  The answers is:  “You just do”.  It’s sort of like asking a basketball player how he jumps that way or asking a musician  how she reads music.  It’s part of the basic set of skills – if you can’t do it, you get weeded out early.



Dates and performance times for “An Iliad” at ArtEmerson in Boston


  • April 27th @ 8:00 p.m.
  • April 28th @ 2:00 p.m.
  • May 3rd @ 8:00 p.m.
  • May 4th @ 8:00 p.m.

For tickets call or Visit ArtsEmerson at

The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 824-8000

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