Troilus and Cressida in Lone Fir Cemetery

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Troilus and Cressida.  In July 2017, see it as never before, among the tombstones at twilight in Lone Fir Cemetery. All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 7th-29th, Thursday-Saturday evenings at 7 PM in the heart of Lone Fir Cemetery.

Cast and Crew:

Troilus – Jacob Camp
Cressida – Alexandria Casteele
Paris – Nik Horaites
Hector – Colton Ruscheinsky
Pandarus – Jim Butterfield
Aeneas – Landy Hite
Ulysses – Brian Burger
Achilles – Paul Susi
Diomedes – Murri Lazaroff-Babin
Ajax – Samson Syharath
Agamemnon/Thersites – Gary Powell
Patroclus – Josh Belville
Soldiers – Sebastian Hauskins, Mardee Willman

Director – Patrick Walsh
Stage Manager – Corey McCarey
Costume Designer – Alana Wight
Violence Designer – Kristen Mun
Sound Designer – Bobbi Kupfner
Set Designer/TD – Kyra Bishop
Producer – William Gebo

Photo by Gary Norman

 

Patrick Walsh, Director

Patrick Walsh (Director of Troilus and Cressida): spent the 2015-2016 season as the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Post 5 Theatre in Portland, OR. Selected credits include: National Tour – You Say Tomato…; Bag&Baggage Productions – Jane Austen’s Emma; Portland Actors Ensemble – Taming of the Shrew; Two Rivers Correctional Institution – Metamorphoses, Hamlet; Theater Workshop of Nantucket – Red; Temecula Shakespeare Festival – Henry V, Compass Rose Theatre – Look Homeward, Angel; Manitou Stages – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Hangar Theatre – Macbeth, The Empty Ocean, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon; Chautauqua Theatre Company – The Brothers Size; Victory Gardens – Push Comes To Shove; Rubicon Theatre Project – Lucy Dreaming; Theatre Building Chicago – Fifth of July, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Bailiwick Repertory Theatre – Two Spoons, Haram Iran; Mad Hatter Theatre Productions – Chicken Bone Beach; Props Theatre – Closer; Trail’s End Theater – Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Assistant Director: Guthrie Theatre; Goodman Theatre; Dallas Theatre Center; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Chautauqua Theater Company, and Next Theatre. Patrick is a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab; the Recipient of an SDC Foundation Observership, as well as a Chautauqua Theatre Company Directing Fellowship, and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. www.patrickwalsh.org.

From the Director

I’ve been reading a lot of criticism about how Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is an “angry young man play.” This seems perfect for me right now as I wake up on a daily basis feeling like an angry young man. Much like Shakespeare when he wrote this play in 1603 (when James I took over the throne following Elizabeth’s death), I am angry at the people who run my government and the people who facilitated that political takeover. I am angry at war mongers, misogynists, racists, isolationists, covert intelligence agencies, and I’m especially angry at myself for not doing more to help those around me who have far less privilege than myself.

Digging through the text of Troilus and Cressida I really couldn’t believe that it gets so rarely produced. The text seems so current and its black humor seems tailor-made to our world’s disposition. It was, and is, a play that is way ahead of its time. The central idea of Troilus and Cressida, to me, seems to be that war corrodes everything that it touches: Love, honor, and especially memory. Nothing can survive unchanged in its wake.

Troilus and Cressida is the work of a man who was trying to change the world. He wrote a play that directly attacked the hyper-masculine, military industrial complex of his day. He did this by using the backdrop of the greatest war of his or any time (The Trojan War) and eliminated the romanticism of their world and actions, while showing the mythical heroes of that conflict in a very base, and at times, hilarious light. These men are confused, they are brutal, and they are seen as horribly, impossibly, human.

This is a play for right now. It’s a play for people who watch The Daily Show and listen to NPR with equal fervor. It’s a play for all of us who feel cynical, afraid, and yes, angry. It’s a play for people who want to laugh at the foibles of those in power, while shuddering moments later for what it means for the future. Most importantly, it’s a play for people who want to enter into a communal space and share these things with other human beings. Welcome to Troy. Seems familiar doesn’t it?

-Patrick Walsh, Director of Triolus and Cressida

Thanks

We heartily thank the following for help and support: Hannah Edelson, Kai Yearsley, Kate Karman, Curt Hanson, Clark Foundation, Concordia University, Friends of the Lone Fir Cemetery, METRO and Monty Woods, Central Catholic High School Music Department and Chris McLean, Clark College Theatre Department and Dr. Gene Baby, JH Kelly, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Portland Area Theatre Alliance, Set Carpenters – Rebecca Spinning, Ted Jonathan Gold, Corey McCarey, William Gebo, Wheeler Foundation, Willamette Shakespeare, Jill Murray, Sherry Ostendorf, and all our volunteers.

Colton Ruscheinsky

Colton began acting at his local community college at the age of eighteen.  In 2012 he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre.  His first professional show in Portland was “Cherry Orchard” at Artists Repertory Theatre.  In 2014 he was brought on to Third Rail’s first mentorship program.  Two years later he was cast in Green Room a feature film about punk rock and evil Neo-Nazi.  Colton is excited and grateful to be working with the cast of PAE’s Troilus and Cressida.

Josh Belville

Josh Belville is pleased to return to the world of Shakespeare with Portland Actors Ensemble. He holds an MS in Theatre from Portland State University and a BA in Theatre from Boise State University. Previous favorite roles include Pantalone in Servant of Two Masters, Owen in Translations, and The Barber/Anselmo in Man of La Mancha. He wants to thank Will, Patrick, and the rest of the cast and crew for being awesome.

Nikolas Horaites

Nikolas Horaites is pleased to be joining PAE for a second season as Paris in Troilus and Cressida after performing in The Taming of the Shrew as the role of Grumio. He studied theatre performance, Shakespeare and dance at Southern Oregon University. Other theatres he has performed with include: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (3 seasons), The Camelot Theatre, and A Steep and Thorny Way To Heaven.

Samson Syharath

Samson studied at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Portland
Actors Conservatory. He’s glad to be back performing in this cemetery with
PAE! He’s also worked with Action/Adventure Theatre, Salt and Sage
Productions, defunkt theatre, Broadway Rose, Post5 Theatre, Lakewood
Theatre, Imago Theatre, and Shaking the Tree Studios. Samson is a company
member at Theatre Vertigo and Theatre Diaspora. www.samsonsyharath.com.

Paul Susi

Paul Susi has appeared onstage with Anon It Moves, Shaking the Tree, Push Leg, Action/Adventure, Island Stage Left (Friday Harbor, WA), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Teatro Solo/Boom Arts, as well as self-produced devised work. Elsewhere, Paul leads various programs for Oregon Humanities, the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, MESD Outdoor School and Transition Projects’ emergency homeless shelters. He was last seen as Othello with PAE in 2007. He serves on the board of PAE as Operations Director.

Jim Butterfield

Jim Butterfield (Pandarus) was last seen in the Portland area as Norman in On Golden Pond. Also with Portland Shakespeare Project (Alonso: The Tempest, Toby Belch: Twelfth Night), Post5 Theatre (Duke Sr: As You Like It, Gloucester: King Lear), North West Classical Theatre Collaborative (Gonzalo: The Tempest). Before coming to the West Coast Jim worked with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, New Repertory Theatre, Salem Theatre Company, and Mugford Street Players, among others. Still.

Landy Hite

Landy Hite is thrilled for her first performance with PAE. She is a company member, house improvisor, and audience favorite at the Funhouse Lounge in SE Portland. Some favorite credits include Ms. Pink- Reservoir Dolls, Magenta/Usherette- The Rocky Horror Show, Sally/Ensemble- Reefer Madness, Ben Affleck- Matt & Ben. Landy was most recently seen in Sordid Lives as Sissy with Fuse Theatre Ensemble. All the smooches to Sean for his incredible support and love!

Bobbi Kaye Kupfner

Bobbi Kaye Kupfner is a theatre artist and performer originally from Montana. She earned her MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She has been working as an actor/stage manager around Portland with companies like Action/Adventure Theatre and the Funhouse Lounge, but this is her first time sound designing for a show though she has played percussion for over 15 years. Thank you to Patrick for giving her this opportunity to flex her musical muscles once again.

Alana Wight

Alana is a theatre fanatic hailing from Montana. Her desire for wider experiences led her to Portland, where she found a home working with theatres such as Defunkt Theatre, Enlightened Theatrics and Post5 Theatre. Among her favorite designs have been Spring Awakening at CalLu, Much Ado about Nothing at Post5 Theatre and Endgame at Montana Rep – Missoula. You can check out her work online at www.facebook.com/awcostumes. She wants to throw crazy special thanks to Karsten and Mara for making every day a win.

Alexandria Casteele

Alexandria wants to thank PAE for so warmly welcoming her onto their stage. A Portland Actors Conservatory graduate, she’s new to the world of acting, and especially new to the world of Shakespeare. To be the one giving a voice to Cressida, a voice so rarely heard, she feels is an immense responsibility and opportunity. Women’s voices and stories need to be heard, and Cressida’s story is powerful, poignant, and devastatingly relatable. Her past favorite roles include Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Mistress in The Maids, and in keeping with the Shakespeare theme, she especially enjoyed playing The Dark Lady of the Sonnets and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Lastly, she upholds her tradition of giving a shout out to the one who owns her heart, her son. “I love you.”

Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Murri hails from Northern California and has been working as an actor in Portland for two years. Obviously, he enjoys rain, food carts and wilderness. He learned how to act from playing tag as a child and studying kitty cats. He’s also a proud graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory, where he learned to become a somewhat sensible, reciprocal adult (no other class prior or since will come close to the hyperbolic 2015 ensemble, what what). He’s worked with such companies as Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Vertigo, Sowelu Theatre and Beirut Wedding. He hopes you enjoy your evening on hollowed ground!

William Gebo

William is the Producer of Troilus and Cressida. “Current works include: Managing Director for Mofsec, Production Stage Manager for August Wilson Red Door Project’s HANDS UP!: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, Production Stage Manager for The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Assistant Production Manager for Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s Lungs at CoHo Theater, Master Carpenter at Clark College, and Carpenter at Shaking the Tree. His guiding principles will always remain to facilitate the creativity of others while constantly striving to improve work practices and systems to provide a more humane, professional environment for fellow theatre practitioners. Upcoming projects include: Nesting: Season 2 at the Shoebox Theatre and Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s The Events at Imago Theatre both coming Fall ’17”

Gary Powell

Gary Powell (Agammenon/Thersites) Artists Repertory Theatre: History Boys; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia; A Delicate Balance; Fortinbras; Serenading Louie; The Sea; Terra Nova; Beast on the Moon; The Diviners; Lakewood Theatre Company: One Man Two Guvnors; Golden Boy; Present Laughter; Spider’s Web; Noises Off; A Midsummer’s Night Dream; Inspecting Carol; Ah, Wilderness; Arsenic and Old Lace;Perfect Crime Northwest Classical Theatre Company: Mary Stuart; King Lear; Othello; Cymbeline; Quintessence Theatre: Persuasion; Pride and Prejudice; Coho Theatre: Dear Galileo; Bill W. and Doctor Bob; Profile Theatre; Six Degrees of Separation: 2: Portland Shakespeare Project: The Tempest; Taming of the Shrew. (Many more which are too numerous to mention.) Film: The Favor; Zig Zag; TV: Grimm; The Librarians; We the Jury; Hold Me; In addition, many industrials,voiceovers and commercials. Guest artist at Portland Actors’ Conservatory Portland Community College and the Oregon Symphony. Education: BA in English and MAT, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MFA in acting, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jacob Camp

Jacob graduated from Portland Actors Conservatory, class of 2016. Recent credits include, “That Pretty Pretty” Defunkt Theatre, “Coyote On A Fence” Post5 Theatre, “The Amish Project”, “Sense and Sensibility” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” P.A.C, and “Twelfth Night” Portland Shakespeare Project. He is honored to play the role of Troilus and to be apart of such a talented cast.

Brian Burger

Brian Burger is thrilled to return to the Portland Actors Ensemble stage for his second show! He was last seen with PAE two summers ago as Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew. Brian received his B.A. in Drama from the University of Portland in 2011 and completed his Acting Apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theatre the following year. Since returning to Portland, he has been seen with numerous local companies, including Post5, Bag&Baggage, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, of which he is an Associate Artist. Recent credits include Rivers/Catesby in Richard III at Post5, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar presented by Michael Streeter, and Geronimo in Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space with Oregon Children’s Theatre. Much love to his girlfriend Jessie, and the rest of his friends and family, for their continual support!

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