Andrew Burnap and Ismenia Mendes to Lead Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida
Andrew Burnap and Ismenia Mendes will take on the title roles in the upcoming free Shakespeare in the Park production of Troilus and Cressida. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the production runs July 19-August 14 at the Delacorte Theater, with opening night set for August 3.
The play 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 who knows how to play it cool. 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 company will also feature Zach Appelman (Diomedes), Tala Ashe (Helen, Andromache), Alex Breaux (Ajax), Max Casella (Thersites), Sanjit De Silva (Aeneas), John Glover (Pandarus), David Harbour (Achilles), Bill Heck (Hector), Edward James Hyland (Nestor), Maurice Jones (Paris), 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, Lee Edward Colston II, Paul Deo Jr., Jin Ha, Hunter Hoffman, Nicholas Hoge, Forrest Malloy, and Kario Pereira-Bailey.
Troilus and Cressida 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.