Gervasi Performs Homer’s Iliad
By Scottie Bruxvoort
Quincy University President Dr. Gervasi has always had an interest in performing. “I’ve always enjoyed going to the theater, I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and I’ve always enjoyed discovering the ancient world. This project combines all of those interests.” Said Gervasi.
The project that is mentioned in the previous statement is the one-man performance of Homer’s Iliad. Gervasi performed Homer’s Iliad in MacHugh Theater on March 19-22. There was no charge for tickets, but voluntary contributions supported a Quincy University scholarship to benefit soldiers and Veterans. This four-day period signified Gervasi’s passion for An Iliad. “I myself studied The Iliad in high school, college and graduate school.” Said Gervasi.
But Gervasi has a more personal tie to the epic saga of the Trojan War. “Its life lessons—about war, love, anger, family, honor, pride and so many other themes—continue to resonate.” Said Gervasi.
This was Gervasi’s first performance in MacHugh Theater. However, while he is new to the performance aspect, he is confident that this performance will educate those who attended. “I taught courses in Homer earlier in my academic career, so this production also is meant to keep that teaching interest alive.” Said Gervasi.
Gervasi was adamant in sharing this experience with all who attended. “I am grateful for all who made it possible for me to share this experience with you all.” Said Gervasi.
Much like Homer in The Iliad, the poet “Gervasi” often calls on the Muses. Muses are goddesses of inspiration and memory, which aid in telling the story. Gervasi was not hesitant to give credit to his muses. “The Quincy University production is directed by Connie Phillips, with a marketing and production support by Jen Gervasi.” Said Gervasi. “Connie has been an incredible gift to Quincy University’s theater program for many years, and Jen also is a passionate supporter of all things QU. I am grateful to Connie and Jen for being my “muses”.
The weekend that was full of performing at Quincy University left a message with Gervasi, a message that he hopes will resonate with members of Quincy University. “I hope it sends a signal that the theater can be a dynamic part of your education and your entire life.” Said Gervasi. “That’s why we deliberately offer a theater minor at QU, to complement students’ other interests.” “An Iliad Only lasts about 75 minutes, hopefully still giving you a flavor of the Homeric experience.” Said Gervasi.
And it is that experience for those in attendance that drove Gervasi to perform.