SONG OF ACHILLES
BY MADELINE MILLER
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY GREGORY KENG STRASSER
Greece in the age of Heroes: Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.
Achilles, “best of all the Greeks,” is everything Patroclus is not—strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess—and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative connection gives way to a steadfast friendship.
As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper—despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.
Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.
Written by Madeline Miller
Adapted and Directed by Gregory Keng Strasser
Dramaturgy by Abigail Cady
Costume Design by Amy Hale
Lego Design by Rebecca Briant and Dylan Buchwald
Lighting Design by Kyla Callison
Lighting Consultation by Liam Heyl
Composition and SFX by Mikki Bradbury and Shaunghnessy Swails
Intimacy Direction by Nicole Sugarman
Assistant Directors/SMs: Kyla Callison, Caleb Richardson, and Bevin Taylor
Photography by Laurel Hinton
Dean: Michael Stepniak
Association Dean: Dr. Carolyn Coulson
(in order of appearance)
Lenita Atabe, Nick Villacorte, Andrew Springer, Rebecca Briant, Amy Hale, Nathan Szymanski, Madison Johnstone, Fatima Barrie, Maxwell Castellano, Dylan Buchwald, Jordan Green, Shaunghnessy Swails, and Mikki Bradbury