Troilus and Cressida, the second show of the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park season, officially opens August 9 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, the production began performances July 19 and will play through August 14.
The complete cast of Troilus and Cressida features Zach Appelman (Diomedes); Tala Ashe (Helen, Andromache); Alex Breaux (Ajax); Andrew Burnap (Troilus); Louis Cancelmi (Achilles); Max Casella (Thersites); Sanjit De Silva (Aeneas); John Glover (Pandarus); Bill Heck (Hector); Edward James Hyland (Nestor); Maurice Jones (Paris); Ismenia Mendes (Cressida); Nneka Okafor (Cassandra); Tom Pecinka (Patroclus); Miguel Perez (Priam, Calchas); Corey Stoll (Ulysses); and John Douglas Thompson (Agamemnon).
The non-equity ensemble includes Connor Bond, Andrew Chaffee, Michael Bradley Cohen, Paul Deo Jr., KeiLyn Durrel Jones, Jin Ha, Hunter Hoffman, Nicholas Hoge, Forrest Malloy, Kario Pereira-Bailey and Grace Rao.
One of Shakespeare’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida is described as a “surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks.” “In the seventh year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool,” continue production notes. “Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve – debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this sly, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.”
The staging features set and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Mark Menard and music composition by Dan Moses Schreier. See more photos from the production below:
First Look at Troilus and Cressida in Central Park
Free tickets to Troilus and Cressida are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each performance. Tickets are also distributed by random mobile lottery on the TodayTix app.
(Updated August 9, 2016)