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Tickets are $8-$12 | Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
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Asae Dean adapts Shakespeare’s sprawling epic Troilus and Cressida into a compressed four person ensemble piece. Cressida centers on the journey of the titular heroine as she struggles with love and sex in a time of war.
Seven years into the Trojan War, prince Troilus pines for Cressida, the daughter of a prophet turned traitor who has defected to the Grecian camp. Troilus confides in Pandarus who makes it a mission to bring the star-crossed lovers together. No sooner have the pair confessed their love – and married – than power politics threaten their future. Cressida’s father negotiates a trade between the Greek and Trojan camp: the Greeks will give up one of their most valuable prisoners in exchange for Cressida. When Diomedes delivers Cressida to the Greek camp, the generals assault her. Can she wait for Troilus? Should she?
Cressida wrestles with her sexual desires, with the meaning of love, with disappointment, with the failures of her father, her uncle, her husband, her new lover, and finally a world in which the only seemingly available recourse for women are tears, which as she observes, “will not wear the stones of Troy or Greece,” and prayers which are so numerous that they make the “gods deaf.”
Cressida blends elements of the Shakespearean source with original material in this swift, startling, and sexy adaptation. The four actors that bring this narrative to life are Allison Rangel (Cressida), Heath Hyun Houghton (Troilus & Menelaus), Arthur Delaney (Pandarus, Ulysses, Calchas, & Paris), and Patrick J. Cox (Diomedes, Aeneas, Alexander, & the Boy).