Auditions for Troilus and Cressida

Auditions for the September production of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA will be held on Sat June 25th and Mon June 27th from 7 to 10 pm, both days. Auditions will be held at University Friends Church at 1840 W. University. Roles are available for 10 men and 3 women, ages 18 and up. Reading material will be provided. This is a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production. Rehearsals will begin in early August. The roles of Thersites and Pandarus have been pre-cast. For more information, contact director Dan Schuster at 316-655-2017 or by email at gurgi4@cox.net.

If one of these two dates does not work for you to audition, and you are interested, please let me know and I can see if we can arrange an alternate audition time for you.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA is one of the most difficult plays in the Shakespeare canon – both in terms of content and in terms of its ability to be easily classified. In its day, the play has been referred to as a History, a Tragedy, and a Comedy. That said, it might seem to indicate that a performance of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA might be a jarring night of theatre. My answer to that would be – “Exactly.”

The play touches on the futility of war, homosexuality, and political
backstabbing; hardly easy topics any of them, and ones that the play explores but doesn’t necessarily answer. There are no tidy endings here – happy or sad. For this reason, the play has a very modern feel to it.

In my adaptation, I have stream lined the lengthy difficult speeches and aim to keep the action moving. I will also focus intensely with my actors on the meaning behind their words and the inter-relationships of the characters. In a play like this, with many epic characters (such as Ulysses and Achilles), it is important to bring these legendary figures down to a very human, imperfect level. I also plan on taking a slightly more feminist approach to the character of Cressida. Rather than just dismissing her as an unfaithful and wanton seductress, I aim to approach her as a young woman responding to difficult situations in the best manner that she can.

I hope that many of you will come explore with me this very dark, very
interesting play, in what will likely be the Kansas premiere of this Shakespeare work.

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