The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida opened last night at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the production runs through August 14, with Andrew Burnap and Ismenia Mendes taking on the title roles. See the cast at their celebratory opening in the photos below.
Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida is set in the seventh year of the Trojan War, where Troilus (Burnap), a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida (Mendes), a bright young woman. 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.
In addition to Burnap and Mendes, the cast features 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.
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