Fixing Troilus and Cressida
Written by Kirk Lynn | Directed by Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw
Rude Mechs is thrilled to deliver the world premiere of our brand new Fixing Shakespeare play. This time Kirk Lynn’s sight is set on Fixing Troilus and Cressida, and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw is directing. This next installment promises to really improve Shakespeare’s original.
The play will take place at The Zach’s Nowlin Rehearsal Hall.
Troilus and Cressida is the love story hidden in the center of history’s greatest war. As the Greeks enter their seventh year of hammering against the Trojan’s wall, one young warrior, Troilus, is ready to risk it all and pledge his loyalty to a new love. The young woman, Cressida, is cautious, having been punished for her father’s treason and made a servant to the Trojan princes.
The relationship is nurtured by the matchmaker, Pandarini, who advises, scolds, and pushes the lovers to trust one another. Around them war and chaos burn, Hector rages, Ulysses plots, Achilles stalls, Agemomnem tries to keep it all together, and Cassandra forsees death.
Let your heart be slaughtered by the Rudes’ take on Shakespeare’s take on Homer’s Illiad. We’re brave enough to tell you whether Helen really wants to be there and to once and for all find out if romance can survive politics or family.
Warning: Lots of “F” bombs.
Writer – Kirk Lynn
Director – Alexandra Bassiokou Shaw
Production Manager – Dallas Tate
Stage Manager – Madison Scott
Script Assistant – Tyler Kosmak
Costume & Props Design – Aaron Flynn
Lighting Design – Stephen Pruitt
Original Music & Sound Design – Peter Stopschinski
Scenic Design – Amanda Perry
Technical Director – Chris Conard
Box Office Manager – Tammy Whitehead
Front of House Manager –
Helen – Catherine Grady
a woman from Greece, aka Helen of Troy, aka it’s complicated.
Cressida – Crystal Bird Caviel
daughter to Calchas
Pandarini – Cassie Reveles
aunt to Cressida
Troilus – Noel Gaulin
Trojan, Paris’ brother
Paris – Derek Kolluri
Trojan, Helen-Stealer, War-Starterer
Hector – Rommel Sulit
Trojan, Paris’ brother
Cassandra– Kelli Bland
a prophet, Paris’ sister
Agamomnem– Lauren Lane**
the Greek general, kind of a big deal
Ulysses – Jeff Mills
Achilles – John Christopher
Greek Commander, another kind of big deal
Patroclus – Vincent Tomasino
Calchas – Mical Trejo
Cressida’s father, a Trojan priest who has gone over to the Greeks
Production Support: The Fixing Shakespeare series is funded entirely by ticket sales. Our gratitude to the cast and production crew for working for what we can afford to make these performances happen. Rude Mechs is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Fixing Troilus and Cressida is the third installment in our Fixing Shakespeare series.
Taking place in rotation with our Contemporary Classics series, our new series, Fixing Shakespeare will make William Shakespeare’s least produced works useful again. Ask yourself how many Shakespeare plays you know or have seen, subtract that number from thirty-seven (depending on who you ask), and those are the plays we are working to fix using our patented performance creation methodology, contemporary English, and adding curse words. (Shakespeare cursed plenty, but most Elizabethan curse words have lost their spice. Zounds!)
In some ways, we’re offering you a more authentic experience of what a new Shakespeare play might be like than an actual Shakespeare play. In other ways, not so much.
Arts Writing and Reviews
Arts Writing on Fixing Shakespeare / Fixing King John
Preview Article in Arts + Culture by Lauren Smart
KUT Arts Eclectic spot
“Austin playwright Kirk Lynn ‘fixes’ Shakespeare’s problematic plays” by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Reviews for Fixing Shakespeare / Fixing Timon of Athens
Andrew J. Friedenthal, Austin American-Statesman | Theater review: Rude Mechs’ “Fixing Timon of Athens” rejuvenates Shakespeare
Michael Meigs, CTS Live Theatre Blog | Review: Fixing Timon of Athens by Rude Mechs
Reviews & Citations for Fixing Shakespeare / Fixing King John
“Lynn has injected one of Shakespeare’s least performed plays with a dose of vitality that brings it vibrantly and hilariously (back) to life.” — Austin-American Statesman Review by Cate Blouke
“It’s clear that King John wasn’t fixed so much as MacGyvered with a rusty nail and a broken 40 oz. of Mickey’s.” —Arts + Culture review by Phillip John
“This loose and gangly treatment of Shakespeare’s history is both remarkably original and fiercely energetic.” —Austin Chronicle Review by Elizabeth Cobbe
Winner of two Austin Critics Table awards and seven B. Iden Payne awards – Fixing King John.
Video available upon request.
The Off Center, Austin, TX | November 6th and November 13th, 2016
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