THE WOOSTER GROUP'S CRY, TROJANS! (TROILUS & CRESSIDA)

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CRY, TROJANS! originated as a coproduction with the Royal Shakespeare Company of Troilus and Cressida at the World Shakespeare Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. In that collaboration, the two companies took opposite sides in the Trojan War: the Wooster Group staged the Trojan scenes while the RSC staged the Greek ones. Scenes with both Greeks and Trojans were staged by both, each side developing its own version. The companies worked separately and without consultation until they met a few weeks before performances to sew the two halves of the show together. The seam was intentionally left rough so that the contrast of artistic approaches remained a foreground feature of the production, accenting the face-off of warring cultures in the play.

Seeking a decidedly American angle from which to encounter the RSC and the language of Shakespeare, the Wooster Group turned to the powerfully suggestive and contradictory figure of the American "Indian." Drawing imagery, speech cadences, and movement from many sources including Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Chris Eyres' Smoke Signals, the Group reimagined the Trojans as a pastiche fictional tribe of early Americans struggling to assert its dignity as doom closes in.

Following the special engagement with the RSC, the Wooster Group returned to New York and converted the collaboration into an independent piece. The spirit of the absent collaborator/enemy still manifests in various ways, but CRY, TROJANS! concentrates on the Trojan side of the story: the corruption of sincere love and the downfall of a noble hero.

Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, CRY, TROJANS! (TROILUS & CRESSIDA) features performances by Ari Fliakos, Jennifer Lim, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Andrew Schneider, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner, Kate Valk, and Gary Wilmes. We are collaborating with visual artist Folkert de Jong on set elements, props and costumes and with composer and sound artist Bruce Odland on the sound score. And long-time Wooster Group artistic associate Jennifer Tipton is lighting this new production.

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Seating will be on three sides of a thrust stage. All tickets are will-call, and all seating will be assigned. We will reserve for you the best seats available on your purchase date at the price level that you select.

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Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Set Elements, Props and Costumes: Studio Folkert de Jong in collaboration with Delphine Courtillot
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Video and Projections: Andrew Schneider
Sound: Bruce Odland with Bobby McElver and Max Bernstein
Stage Manager: Teresa Hartmann
Assistant Director: Jamie Poskin
Assistant for Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Lighting: Assistant: Ryan Seelig
Production Manager: Emily Rea
Technical Director: Bill Kennedy
Video Totems: Ruud van den Akker
Sound Consultant: Jim Dawson


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Open:   01/08/14
Close:   02/02/14

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01/08/14- 8:00:00
01/09/14- 8:00:00
01/10/14- 8:00:00
01/11/14- 8:00:00
01/12/14- 4:00:00
01/14/14- 8:00:00
01/15/14- 8:00:00
01/16/14- 8:00:00
01/17/14- 8:00:00
01/18/14- 8:00:00
01/19/14- 4:00:00
01/21/14- 8:00:00
01/22/14- 8:00:00
01/23/14- 8:00:00
01/24/14- 8:00:00
01/25/14- 8:00:00
01/26/14- 4:00:00
01/28/14- 8:00:00
01/29/14- 8:00:00
01/30/14- 8:00:00
01/31/14- 8:00:00
02/01/14- 8:00:00
02/02/14- 4:00:00

Theater:   The Performing Garage
Address:   33 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013
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Cost:$0, $150
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