DATE CHANGE: Joe Goodkin, “Blues of Achilles”
Wednesday, October 20th
An Adaptation of the Iliad in Song.
Join us for a live performance of Joe Goodkin’s original composition, a retelling of Homer’s Iliad in seventeen songs: “The Blues of Achilles.” Re-experience the excitement and grief of the Iliad from the perspectives of Achilles, Priam, Patroclus, Briseis, Helen, Andromache, and more.
Location: The Forest Theater
In case of rain: Meet a Polk Place, in front of Murphey Hall
*Outdoors & socially distances*
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
More info: The Blues of Achilles website
For almost two decades, Chicago-based musician Joe Goodkin (Classics B.A., UW-Madison) has toured the United States as a modern bard performing his unique one-man folk opera retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. He has now turned his attention to Homer’s other epic poem and created an adaptation of the Iliad steeped in ancient and modern war literature and informed by his experiences playing music at VA hospitals as part of recreational therapy for veterans experiencing PTSD. Joe’s songs capture the horror, grief, and love that permeate the Iliad and the combat experience. Sung from the perspective of Achilles, Priam, Patroclus, Briseis, Helen, and Andromache, The Blues of Achilles evokes the emotional impact of the Iliad through the power of contemporary song. Please join us for a safe outdoor performance on Wednesday October 20th in UNC’s Forest Theater, 123 S. Boundary Street, adjacent to Battle Park.