Shakespeare Tavern Presents Troilus and Cressida (in Repertory with Twelfth Night)


Atlanta's New American Shakespeare TavernTroilus and Cressida

$15 Preview September 5

Runs In Repertory with Twelfth Night September 6-12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28, 2013

Directed by Drew Reeves

Shakespeare tackles Homer, Virgil, and Chaucer in a battle for the ages.  In Troilus and Cressida  Shakespeare puts his own wickedly ironic spin on the classic tale of Helen of Troy and the “epic” battles fought over her.  The Trojan Prince Troilus and his secret love Cressida are separated by the opposing forces without regard to their relationship. Full of drama and satire, come see how Shakespeare turns one of literature’s oldest stories on its head.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Tragedies
Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday September 22 after the show!

Dramatis Personae

Prologue – Marcus Durham

Priam, King of Troy – Marcus Durham

Hector, son of Priam – Jonathan Horne

Troilus, son of Priam – Paul Hester*

Paris, son of Priam – Doug Graham

Deiphobus, son of Priam – Marcus Durham

Cassandra, daughter of Priam, Prophetess – Mary Ruth Ralston

Margarelon, bastard son of Priam – Marcus Durham

Andromache, Hector’s wife – Janine DeMichele

Aeneas, Trojan commander – Eli Jolley

Anthenor, Trojan commander – Clarke Weigle

Calchas, Cressida’s father – Clarke Weigle

Cressida – Rachel Frawley

Alexander, Cressida’s servant – Janine DeMichele

Pandarus, Cressida’s uncle – Jeff McKerley*

Agamemnon, the Greek general – Matt Nitchie

Menelaus, Agamemnon’s brother – Nicholas Faircloth

Helen, wife to Menelaus – Janine DeMichele

Achilles, a Greek commander – Vinnie Mascola

Ajax, a Greek commander – Jay Peterson

Ulysses, a Greek commander – Andrew Houchins

Helenus, son of Priam – Marcus Durham

Nestor, a Greek commander – Troy Willis*

Diomedes, a Greek commander – Chris Rushing

Patroclus, a Greek commander – Bryan Lee

Thersites – Joshua Diboll

Myrmidons – Jeff McKerley*, Bryan Lee, Mary Ruth Ralston, Eli Jolley

Synopsis for Troilus and Cressida

In the seventh year of the Trojan War, a Trojan prince named Troilus falls in love with Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan priest who has defected to the Greek side. Troilus is assisted in his pursuit of her by Pandarus, Cressida’s uncle. Meanwhile, in the Greek camp, the Greek general, Agamemnon, wonders why his commanders seem so downcast and pessimistic. The wise and crafty Ulysses informs him that the army’s troubles spring from a lack of respect for authority, brought about by the behavior of Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior, who refuses to fight and instead spends his time sitting in his tent with his comrade (and lover) Patroclus, mocking his superiors. Shortly thereafter, a challenge to single combat arrives from Prince Hector, the greatest Trojan warrior, and Ulysses decides to have Ajax, a headstrong fool, fight Hector instead of Achilles, in the hopes that this snub will wound Achilles’s pride and bring him back into the war.

In Troy, the sons of King Priam debate whether it is worthwhile to continue the war–or whether they should return Helen to the Greeks and end the struggle. Hector argues for peace, but he is won over by the impassioned Troilus, who wants to continue the struggle. In the Greek camp, Thersites, Ajax’s foul-mouthed slave, abuses everyone who crosses his path. His master, meanwhile, has been honored by the commanders over the sulking Achilles, and is to fight Hector the next day.

That night, Pandarus brings Troilus and Cressida together, and after they pledge to be forever true to one another, he leads them to a bedchamber to consummate their love. Meanwhile, Cressida’s father, the treacherous Trojan priest Calchas, asks the Greek commanders to exchange a Trojan prisoner for his daughter, so that he may be reunited with her. The commanders agree, and the next morning–to Troilus and Cressida’s dismay–the trade is made, and a Greek lord named Diomedes leads Cressida away from Troy. That afternoon, Ajax and Hector fight to a draw, and after Hector and Achilles exchange insults, Hector and Troilus feast with the Greeks under a flag of truce. As the camp goes to bed, Ulysses leads Troilus to the tent of Calchas, where the Trojan prince watches from hiding as Cressida agrees to become Diomedes’s lover.

The next day, in spite of unhappy premonitions from his wife, sister, and his father, Hector takes the field, and a furious and heartbroken Troilus accompanies him. The Trojans drive the Greeks back, but Patroclus is killed, which brings a vengeful Achilles back into the war, finally. Achilles is unable to defeat Hector in single combat, but he later catches him unarmed and, together with a gang of Greek warriors, slaughters him. Achilles then drags Hector’s body around the walls of Troy, and the play ends with the Trojan warriors retreating to the city to mourn their fallen hero.  –


Performance days and times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. 10 a.m. most Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Ticket Prices: Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

Regular Ticket Prices: Thursday night: All regular (non-preview) Thursday shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students

Friday night: Main: $32 Box: $26 Balcony: $22

Saturday night: Main: $36 Box: $30 Balcony: $24

Sunday night: Main: $28 Box: $22 Balcony: $15

An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $15 for Previews (unless otherwise noted);. Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees. $3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Sundays. Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

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Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.

DO NOT park on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or order tickets on-line at

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