Star crossed lovers, epic heroes, embattled kings, and a sinister, snarky fool make Shakespeare’s epic of the Trojan War one of his greatest legends. This season's enhanced staged reading will feature Greek food and drink, a cast of 12 dynamic actors, and a fresh take on Shakespeare's biggest "problem play".
Brenna Geffers ( dir. Henry VI, Part III )
Mattie Hawkinson (seen in Titus Andronicus)
Dana Kreitz (seen in Five Kings and Macbeth)
Hannah Van Sciver (seen in Love's Labour's Lost and King John)
DATE & TIME
Sunday May 14, 2017 at 6:30pm
The Painted Bride Arts Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
$15 General Admission (includes a drink and a hand-made Greek inspired food item)
Contact us for group rate information.
One of the interesting things about Troilus and Cressida is that it is rooted in an exploration of Anti-heros. Heroic characters that would have been familiar to Shakespeare's audiences are skewed in a way that would have made people lean in a little closer, presumably enjoying the dark take-down of these mythic men. What does this mean for our modern audiences? What can we recognize in this world where pride and desire threaten to devour everything.
This is also a story where female sexuality lies at the center of the conflict. The story begins with a woman whose infidelity "launches a thousand ships" and is the root cause of so many deaths. It follows another faithless woman, whose precarious position as a spoil of war is completely ignored in the text's judgement of her actions. And it climaxes with a man whose bi-sexual, panamorous activites are blamed for his refusal to engage in violence. When this story is told by actors who do not identify as male, how do we hear it? What can be gained by allowing the sexism that is part of the text's DNA to be superimposed onto female-bodies? What do we do with texts like these now? – Brenna Geffers