SIST Presents: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA by William Shakespeare

SIST will present on September 10, 11, 17, and 18 at Battery Weed, Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA by William Shakespeare.

Director: Jack Dabdoub
Assistant Director: Rina Sklar

Troilus & Cressida begins in the late stages of the stagnant Trojan War, in which the nation-city of Troy is besieged by Greek armed forces intent on sacking the city and returning Helen to her husband Menelaus, brother to the Greek commander Agamemnon. Years previously, the Trojan prince Paris led a successful expedition to abduct Helen, renowned for her beauty and charisma, and the two live as lovers in Troy as war rages around them.

The play follows two primary plots: in Troy, Paris’ brother Troilus has asked Pandarus to facilitate an introduction to the older man’s niece Cressida. The romance that follows is complicated almost immediately after consummation, as Cressida is offered to the Greeks in exchange for an important captured Trojan warrior. The Greek camp is preoccupied with convincing Achilles, their greatest and most vain warrior, to return to battle. In this relative lull, the chivalrous and powerful Trojan prince Hector attempts to reignite the conflict by challenging any Greek to defend the honor of his lady in single combat.

This production will be set in a time period that corresponds in art, fashion, society, and technology with the end of WWI, approximately 1918. A good portion of the active fighters in this conflict will be biplane pilots; air battles will be conducted with model biplanes manipulated by actors.

Performances will take place in Battery Weed, Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 10 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, September 11 at 2:00pm
  • Saturday, September 17 at 2:00pm
  • Sunday, September 18 at 2:00pm

Tickets free to the public with reservation