Troilus and Cressida

Laura Mittelstaedt
November 10, 2014

Troilus and Cressida at Interlochen November 14 & 15

I've had the pleasure of working on this studio project with a group of 24 students during Company. Each semester we do a studio project, a production without set or costume design, which gives the actors another venue to apply the craft they are learning. The rehearsal schedule is shorter, requiring the material to be shorter, and in this case, Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida has been cut from a thick 4 hour play to a brief and furious 1 hour 15 minutes. For some students, this is their first experience doing Shakespeare. We spent the first three weeks sitting with a pile of lexicons going word by word in the script.  The most challenging feat is trusting all of the work we have done for the clarity of language and stepping into the moment to play the play.  Luckily, this is a playful group!