TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
By William Shakespeare
ICAP Theatre, Los Angeles
Shakespeare's riff on the Trojan War was updated to a contemporary world, set in a mythical Middle Eastern country for this ICAP workshop production. It is a man's world and women are merely the bargaining chips that they use to make deals. Pandarus ( film, TV and theatre actor Carlos Carrasco) will go to any length to set his niece up with the Trojan King's youngest son, Troilus. It is important that he get back into good graces with the ruling family since his family became traitors going over to the Greeks and his survival depends on it.
Cressida, however, is reluctant to give up the one bargaining chip she has, her virginity, even though she is in love with the sexy young man. Troilus is lusting to bed her but in the end, he lacks the guts to tell his family that he has fallen for a woman of low birth. With an ongoing and brutal war raging, politics and family disagreements on both sides taking front and center, the vagaries of love are left in the dust and the fallout for Cressida is brutal and heartbreaking. Performed with an international cast in three languages: English, Hindu, and Italian.
*Michael Keith Morgan
Sarah Kay Peters
*Member of Actors Equity Association