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Corey Stoll, Ismenia Mendes, John Douglas Thompson & More to Star in Shakespeare in the Park's TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

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The Public Theater announced complete casting today for TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, the second show of The Public's 2016 Free Shakespeare in the Park season. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA begins performances on Tuesday, July 19 and runs through Sunday, August 14, with an official press opening on Wednesday, August 3.

The complete cast of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA features Zach Appelman (Diomedes); Tala Ashe (Helen, Andromache); Alex Breaux (Ajax); Andrew Burnap (Troilus); Max Casella (Thersites); Sanjit De Silva (Aeneas); John Glover (Pandarus); David Harbour (Achilles); Bill Heck (Hector); Edward James Hyland (Nestor); Maurice Jones (Paris); Ismenia Mendes (Cressida); Nneka Okafor (Cassandra); Tom Pecinka (Patroclus); Miguel Perez (Priam, Calchas); Corey Stoll (Ulysses); John Douglas Thompson (Agamemnon); The non-equity ensemble includes Connor Bond, Andrew Chaffee, Michael Bradley Cohen, Lee Edward Colston II, Paul Deo Jr., Jin Ha, Hunter Hoffman, Nicholas Hoge, Forrest Malloy, and Kario Pereira-Bailey.

Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan returns to the Park this summer to direct one of the Bard's most rarely produced plays, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks. In the seventh year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad - Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this sly, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA features set and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Mark Menard, and music composition by Dan Moses Schreier.

Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joe Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company's mission to increase access and engage the community.

Tickets to The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show. The Public Theater will again offer free tickets through the TodayTix virtual lottery. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is accessible by entering at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

In conjunction with the start of the Shakespeare in the Park summer season, The Public will be partnering with the New-York Historical Society and 92nd Street Y to present First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, published in 1623, as part of the Folger Shakespeare Library's nation-wide tour celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare's most famous plays-including Hamlet, Macbeth and As You Like It-the First Folio will be on display at the New-York Historical Society for six weeks for free, beginning June 7. To celebrate this magnificent book and the playwright who changed the world, there will be a series of events and conversations planned about the work and world of William Shakespeare.

Celebrating its 10th year as the lead sponsor of free Shakespeare in the Park, Bank of America continues its leadership sponsorship in support of The Public's mission and Shakespeare in the Park.

FREE TICKETS to TROLIUS AND CRESSIDA are distributed, two per person (age 5+), at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the day of each public performance. In order to allow as many different people as possible to attend Free Shakespeare in the Park this summer, visitors will be limited to receiving free tickets to two performances only of each production. There will continue to be a separate line for accessible tickets for senior citizens (65+) and patrons with disabilities. For more ticket information please visit www.publictheater.org.


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