Shakespeare Marathon – Honest Pint Theatre

Honest Pint Theatre presents Troilus and Cressida on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9 am, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : David Henderson
Prologue – Mike  Raab
Troilus  – Riley Hough
Hector – Areon Mobasher
Paris  – Mackie Raymond
Cassandra – Megan Montgomery
Calchas – David Henderson
Cressida – Samantha Corey
Pandarus – Mike Raab
Aeneas – Samantha Corey
Agamemnon – James Merkle
Menelaus –  Mike Raab
Nestor – Tim Locklear
Ulysses – Jess Barbour
Diomedes – Megan Montgomery
Achilles –  Susannah Hough
Patroclus – Mike Raab
Ajax – Mackie Raymond
Thersites  – David Henderson
Helen – Susannah Hough

 Set during the Trojan War, Troilus and Cressida recounts the love affair of its title characters. Inside the besieged city of Troy, the Trojan prince Troilus is lovesick for Cressida. Cressida is drawn to Troilus, too, and her uncle, Pandarus, brings them together.

In the Greek camp outside, Cressida’s father, Calchas, asks that Cressida be brought to him in return for the help he has given the Greeks. The morning after the lovers’ night together, Cressida is exchanged for a Trojan prisoner and taken to the camp by the Greek warrior Diomedes.

The great Trojan warrior Hector, Troilus’s brother, engages in single combat with the Greek Ajax, a fight that ends inconclusively. Hector and Troilus join the Greeks for a feast. Cressida, meanwhile, is seduced by Diomedes.

Distraught at Cressida’s betrayal, Troilus fights Diomedes and others. Patroclus, favorite of the Greek warrior Achilles, dies in battle. Achilles fights with and loses to Hector, who is then, on Achilles’s orders, dishonorably slain. Grieving, Troilus and the other Trojans return to Troy. 

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Troilus and Cressida.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.