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Brian Vaughn is the artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and will star in the one-person show at the 2018 season, "An Iliad."

CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival has added a ninth play to its 2018 season, and it's a classic story retold for the modern age.

“An Iliad,” by nationally renowned director Lisa Peterson and award-winning actor Denis O’Hare, will join the season's previously announced Shakespeare plays “The Merchant of Venice,” “Othello,” "Henry VI Part One" and “The Merry Wives of Windsor;” two non-Shakespeare plays, "The Foreigner" and "The Liar;" as well as two musicals, “Big River” and “Pearl’s in the House” — which was worked on at the festival last year.

The Shakespeare Festival will run from June 28 to Oct. 13 in Cedar City.

Executive producer Frank Mack talked about "An Iliad" in a press release. “This one-person show is a wonderful stage version of Homer's classic tale, and it's ideal for theatergoers who enjoy ancient stories told in inventive, theatrical ways."

Authors Peterson and O’Hare set their one-person play after the Trojan War, told from the viewpoint of the Poet. It's a contemporary and accessible re-imaging that aims to convey both the physical cruelty and the innate allure of war as it’s been seen throughout the ages.

The show was first produced by the New York Theatre Workshop and premiered off-Broadway in 2012, where it went on to win an Off-Broadway Theater Award. The festival’s rendition will star Utah Shakespeare Festival artistic director Brian Vaughn in the role of the bard.

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“This play is an in-depth look at the horrors of war and how the power of storytelling can capture the most epic tale in simple theatrical ways," Vaughn said in a press release. "It blends both the classical with the contemporary and transports the epic poem into the hearts and minds of the viewer. I think our audiences are in for a real treat.”

"An Iliad" will run from July 12 to Aug. 22. For ticket information for the 2018 Shakespeare Festival, go to www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.