Coming in 2013:
Prince of Denmark
directed by Kathy Drum (!!!)
more details coming soon
Below is last year’s announcement for TandC.
Troilus and Cressida
Tyrrell Woolbert and Jim Cook
Honor, kingship, faith, and love – each has emerged in human societies all over the planet as a source of cohesion, binding people’s lives together, and each is thoroughly deconstructed in William Shakespeare’s seldom-produced Trojan War tragicomedy, Troilus and Cressida.
Trebuchet Players will perform the play July 20-21 and 27-28 (with a preview performance on July 19) at Super Happy Fun Land, a visually stimulating, bohemian venue just east of downtown Houston, at 3801 Polk St.
Troilus and Cressida, as the prologue explains, “leaps o’er the vaunt and firstlings” of the Trojan War, “beginning in the middle,” seven years into the Grecians’ siege of Troy. All the expected characters are present: Agamemnon, Ulysses, Menelaus, Achilles, Ajax, Hector, Paris, Helen, etc. At the dramatic forefront is the turbulent relationship between the title characters, two Trojan lovers who, despite a profound and mutual attraction, have hitherto failed at consummation. Facilitating their eventual “deal-sealing” is Cressida’s uncle Pandarus, a smooth-talking broker-between who has assumed a paternal role toward both the youngsters; in a tragic twist, however, the lovers learn almost immediately that Cressida has been traded to the enemy in exchange for the return of a Trojan warrior. Their dreams’ crumbling is mirrored by other disillusionments throughout the play: honorable rules of war, confidence in monarchical authority, and even faith in the gods all become inaccessible.
The plot might lend itself to the category of “tragedy” if it weren’t for the hilariously ironic tone in which much of it is colored. Scholars often read strikingly modern, even existential, themes in Troilus and Cressida. Indeed, if there is a moral or philosophical prescription to be discovered, it is that humanity has an imperative to embrace and even find humor in the absence of any ultimate “meaning” or meta-narrative in our lives.
Trebuchet Players’ founding members Tyrrell Woolbert and Jim Cook are co-directing and appearing in the production.
According to Woolbert, “Our primary goal is to remind anyone who’s forgotten why we study this material in school. It isn’t merely to observe the use of meter or learn Elizabethan vocabulary. We want to emphasize the continuous relevancy of the themes and social/philosophical concerns so prevalent in this somewhat obscure work by the bard.”
The dramatic action of Troilus and Cressida will be introduced, punctuated, and concluded by live rock-and-roll, an original score inspired by the stylings of Queen and Holst. The audience can also expect direct interaction between them and the players, as several characters make a point of reaching across the fourth wall to translate or comment on the action.
Super Happy Fun Land
3801 Polk St.
July 20-28, 2012
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.
General Admission: $15
*Preview on July 19: $5
Tickets available at the door, by phone (832-308-0881), or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Performance Dates and Times
Preview: Thursday, July 19 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, July 20 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, July 27 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 @ 8 p.m.