July 24th at 8PM at Exit Stage Left, 156 Eddy Street. $10.

Ares was the first son of Hera and Zeus and was called Mars by the Romans. The god of war, his image changed enormously throughout the various ages and subcultures of Greece, ranging from the handsome, noble and stately warrior to the bloody and violent bully. He often traveled in the company of Eris, his sister, the goddess of discord and together the two were infamous for starting wars. He loved the goddess Aphrodite and carried on a famous affair with her despite her marriage to his brother, Hephaestus, and is credited with fathering her son, the god of desire, Eros. His sacred animal was the boar, his symbol a shield crossed with a spear.

In Ares, John is due to ship out on a Third-World peace-keeping mission when he accidentally makes a sacrifice to Ares, God of Bloodlust and War. John and Ares spend many days on the ground as peace-keepers in the war-torn African country of Illyria. When a young local woman is taken advantage of by an American corporate mercernary, Ares and his pacifist acolyte swear bloody revenge.

ARES by Sean Kelly

staged reading July 24, 2010

directed by Sean Kelly

Maggie Kelley Connard (Hestia)

Damien Chacona (Chorus)

Joe Jarrell (Chorus)

Jon Fast (John)

Jim Fourniadis (Ares)

Sean Kelly (Stage Directions)

About the writer: Sean Kelly is into writing and performing comic and dramatic stuff. He’s written several plays, produced in San Francisco. He also does comedy and was a member to two SF Sketchfest productions (Please Leave the Bronx, The Hot Bubbles). In his spare time he hacks on computers and is the backup emcee for The Devilettes.

Poster Artist Information: The poster for Ares was created by Kelly McClellen. Visit her portfolio website.