Louis Cancelmi to Replace David Harbour in Troilus and Cressida at the Delacorte
The free Shakespeare in the Park production casts a new Achilles.
The Public Theater has announced that Louis Cancelmi, last seen as Caliban in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest, will perform the role of Achilles in Troilus and Cressida for the remainder of its run at the Delacorte Theater. He replaces David Harbour, who suffered an injury during previews and will be unable to complete the run. The production's press opening will now be August 9, changed from the previously scheduled August 3 opening. Performances of Troilus and Cressida will run through August 14.
Cancelmi joins a cast that features Zach Appelman (Diomedes); Tala Ashe (Helen, Andromache); Alex Breaux (Ajax); Andrew Burnap (Troilus); 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.
Directed by Daniel Sullivan, 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.