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"And sometimes we are devils to ourselves"

By William Shakespeare

JULY 26 - AUGUST 6 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

Heroes, kings, lovers, and clowns expose the follies of war with sardonic insight and cynical wit. A mythic who’s who of classic heroic characters—Hector, Ulysses, and Achilles along with the lovers Troilus and Cressida—come face to face with stark realities after a years-too-long military conflict. A satirical, farcical, and sometimes tragic comedy only Shakespeare could deliver, and a rare opportunity to see it.

"Extreme Shakespeare." This production will be rehearsed the way Shakespeare’s company would have: actors arrive with their lines learned, rehearse on their own, wear what they can find, and open in a matter of days. No director, no designers. Just great actors, a compelling play, pure adrenaline, spontaneity, and creativity. Ages 13+

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Extras

  • Prologues: join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
  • Opening Night: Friday, July 28th. Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show Thursday, August 3.
  • Savoring Shakespeare: specialty dining themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights Sunday, July 30, 11:00am (in combination with As You Like It) and Friday, August 4, 5:00pm.
  • Contemporary Context: Join us in the theater immediately following the 2pm performance on Sunday, July 30 for an engaging roundtable-style discussion on how we view love and war in Shakespeare’s tragedies. A panel of guest speakers and PSF artists will examine the societal undercurrents of the Bard’s Trojan War tale and its titular tragic lovers through the perspective of different generations connecting Shakespeare’s time to today. Free to all ticketholders.

Reviews

Broad Street Review:

"The fine cast's assured performances make the warring sides' negotiations clear and vital. The uncredited fight choreography is smartly staged"

"PSF's actors wisely present their characters as complex men and women navigating an impossible situation"

DC Metro Arts:

"Brilliant performances of the seasoned Shakespearean masters, who bring to the stage profound feeling, insightful wit, and a thorough facility with the Elizabethan language and rhythm"

"Brandon J. Pierce and Mairin Lee beautifully capture the youthful passion, uncertainty, and pain of Troilus and Cressida"

"Susan Riley Stevens provides both the physical comedy and the hilariously brutal socio-political commentary on the war, its heroes, and pawns, as the vile and insulting, but incisively observant slave Thersites, who acts the fool but speaks the truth"

"Very human portrayals by the outstanding experts in the cast"

The Reading Eagle

"Luigi Sottile is as heroic as he is handsome in the role of the Trojan champion Hector. His death scene is at once terrifying and conceptually audacious."

"This fine company has made something more compelling and fascinating out of "Troilus and Cressida" than even Shakespeare might have imagined"

"This rarely performed work is worth the hour drive to experience it"

Features

Plot Synopsis

According to legend, The Trojan War began when Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband, the Greek King Menelaus. Agamemnon, brother to King Menelaus, led his men on a campaign across the sea to Troy. When the play begins, Troy has already been under siege for seven years. Fighting continues, but there’s a stalemate.

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London is the New Troy

Every culture has an ori­gin story; a narrative that explains how a nation of people settled down and answers the fundamental questions of existence. How did we get here? These myths were often passed down through tradi­tional storytelling, perhaps with some basis in historical truth.

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Artists

Cast

Susan Stevens

SUSAN RILEY STEVENS*

Prologue, Calchas, Thersites

Delighted to be back at PSF! Past seasons: Macbeth, Hamlet, Henry VIII, and Othello. Recent credits: Happy Birthday (1812 Productions), The Gift (Walnut St), Marcus/Emma (InterAct), A New Brain (Theatre Horizon), God of Carnage  (Peterborough Players), White Guy On The Bus (Passage Theatre). Other Regional: People's Light, Bristol Riverside, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Company, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. M.F.A.; Yale School of Drama.

Brandon J. Pierce

BRANDON J. PIERCE*

Troilus

Off-Broadway: Exit Strategy (Primary Stages). Regional: The Taming of the Shrew (PSF); Exit Strategy (Philadelphia Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metamorphoses, Charlotte’s Web (Arden); The City of Conversation (Delaware Theater Company); Hands Up (Flashpoint Theatre Company); Dutch Masters (Azuka Theatre); Milk Like Sugar (Simpatico Theatre Project); Sunjata Kamalenya (Experiential Theatre Company); Fair Maid of the West (Philadelphia Artists’ Collective). Training: BFA University of the Arts. Love to Mom and Dad.

Carl Wallnau

CARL N WALLNAU*

Pandarus

is pleased to return to PSF this season. Favorite past productions: Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Amadeus, The Tempest, and A Funny Thing…Forum. Selected Regional Theatre: Paper Mill Playhouse, Second Stage in NYC, York Musical Theatre in NYC, and Hartford Stage. He is currently Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company, an equity theatre located on the campus of Centenary College. MFA from Rutgers University. He is married to his favorite actress Colleen Smith Wallnau.

Anthony Lawton

ANTHONY LAWTON*

Aeneas

has acted in Philadelphia for twenty-five years. Favorite roles include George in Of Mice and Men (Walnut St.); Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (Arden); and Feste in Twelfth Night (PSF). In 2005, Lawton wrote The Foocy, which garnered five Barrymore nominations (including Best New Play).  Film: Silver Linings Playbook, Unbreakable, Invincible; TV: Hack, Cold Case. He performs solo productions of The Devil and Billy Markham, The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters.  For more information on these shows: Anthonylawtonactor.com

Mairin Lee

MAIRIN LEE*

Cressida

is thrilled to return to PSF, where she last appeared as Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice and Ophelia in Hamlet. Broadway: The Heiress. Off-Broadway: She Stoops to Conquer (The Actors Company Theater), Romance Language (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet (Wheelhouse Theatre), The Winter's Tale and Measure for Measure (NY Classical). Regional: American Conservatory Theater, McCarter, Two River, Wilma, St. Louis Rep, Premiere Stages, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Marin Theatre Company, and Shotgun Players. TV: The Good Wife, Elementary. Film: Marcy, Mortem Di Virgo. MFA from A.C.T.

Dane Lavery

DANE LAVERY

Alexander, Ensemble

is excited to take his first step into the professional theatre world this season at PSF. Dane would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. Stay classy and enjoy the show(s).

Luigi Sottile

LUIGI SOTTILE*

Hector

is very grateful to return to Pennsylvania Shakes where he was last seen in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Other recent credits include: Shakespeare In Love, Othello, Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Buena Vista (Steppenwolf); Much Ado About Nothing, Three Musketeers (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Zombie: The American (Woolly Mammoth); Sex With Strangers (Signature-DC); The Cherry Orchard, Nathan The Wise (People's Light); Three Sisters, Cyrano (Arden); Angels in America, The Vibrator Play (Wilma); An Ideal Husband (Walnut St.); Seminar (Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Hothouse, The Lonesome West (Lantern)

Jacob Dresch

JACOB DRESCH*

Paris

could not be more proud than to return to the Festival beside two actors whom he has idolized since his very first year as an intern attending DeSales University. You may have seen him die multiple times last season in Julius Caesar, or in an irreverent farce such as PSF's The Foreigner or Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway:  The School for Scandal, The Way of the World (Red Bull Theater). Acting Instructor at the New York Film Academy. MFA, U.C. Irvine. For Darla, Momma, and the Daddyman.

Eric Hissom

ERIC HISSOM*

Nestor, Priam

Eric has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World in Eighty Days, Pericles, Taming of the Shrew, and King John. Recent credits include: Timon of Athens at the Folger, Born Yesterday and The Great Society at Asolo Rep, The Body of an American at Theater J in Washington D.C., Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Arena Stage, Equivocation at the Arden, and the National Tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University's Asolo Conservatory.

Keri Ann Moynihan

KERI ANN MOYNIHAN

Cassandra

is a recent graduate from DeSales University and is extremely excited to be a part of PSF's 26th season. Keri Ann would like to thank her family, friends and mentors who continuously help cultivate her artistry and ability to have a positive impact in her community.

Julianne Schaub

JULIANNE SCHAUB

Deiphobus, Ensemble

is a recent DeSales graduate. Act 1 credits: Harvey (u/s Ruth Kelly), How to Succeed in Business (u/s Hedy LaRue), Me and My Girl (Lady Brighton), Charley's Aunt (Amy Spettigue), and the Act 3’s Peter Pan (Slightly the Lost boy). Many thanks to her professors, her wonderful family and friends, Matthew and all the staff here at the Festival. Thank you for the wonderful memories and opportunities to learn from you.

Bo Sayre

JAMES “BO” SAYRE

Menelaus, Antenor

is a rising senior musical theatre major at DeSales University and very excited to be a part of PSF for his third summer. He has been in several Act 1 performances at DeSales and in PSF’s Julius Caesar, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pericles, and Les Misérables.

Emilie Gubler

EMILIE GUBLER

Andromache

a recent DeSales University musical theatre graduate, is ecstatic for her first summer with PSF. DSU credits: The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor), Me and My Girl (Lady Diss), and Little Women (Marmee). Love to family and friends.

Lindsay Smiling

LINDSAY SMILING*

Agamemnon

is thrilled to return to the PSF stage after last being seen in Twelfth Night. Recent credits include How to Use a Knife (Interact), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden), When the Rain Stops Falling (Wilma), and Red Velvet (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Lindsay earned his MFA from Temple University, is a member of the Wilma HotHouse, and has worked at over 20 different national theaters across the country. Lindsaysmiling.net

Eric Hissom

ERIC HISSOM*

Nestor, Priam

Eric has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World in Eighty Days, Pericles, Taming of the Shrew, and King John. Recent credits include: Timon of Athens at the Folger, Born Yesterday and The Great Society at Asolo Rep, The Body of an American at Theater J in Washington D.C., Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Arena Stage, Equivocation at the Arden, and the National Tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University's Asolo Conservatory.

Greg Wood

GREG WOOD*

Ulysses

If it's summer, it's PSF!  Recent credits: Happy Birthday (1812 Productions), directing The Gift (Walnut St.) , Stupid F*%king Bird (Arden), playing Scrooge in McCarter Theatre’s new production of A Christmas Carol, and Barrymore nominations for The Nether and White Guy On The Bus. A huge thank you to the amazing audience here at PSF. So very happy to be back.

Dan Tracy

DAN TRACY

Diomedes

National Tour: Once; Off-Broadway: Clown Bar (NY Times Critics’ Pick, NYIT Award nominee), Ivy + Bean, Byuioo; Regional: Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Nebraska Shakespeare; Film: Lifetime's Little Women. Pipeline Theatre Company ensemble member. B.F.A. Creighton University. Thanks to Mom and Dad for everything important. Dtracy.com

Andrew Goebel

ANDREW GOEBEL

Ajax

is grateful to be returning to the PSF stage. PSF: Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Oklahoma!, Measure for Measure, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. NYC: Beardo, Summertime, Shelter, We Will Always Talk This Way, The High Cost of Loving, Platonov. He is also a resident company member of the Flea Theater. Thank you to his family and friends for always supporting him and always pushing him to do better.

Justin Adams

JUSTIN ADAMS*

Achilles

New York: Don Juan (title role), The Pearl Theatre; The Little Shubert; The Acting Company; Drama League's DirectorFest; HERE Studios; 13th Street Rep; Storm Theatre.  Regional:  Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 and 2 (title role), PlayMakers Rep; Amadeus (title role), Northern Stage; Hamlet (title role), PSF; Westport Country Playhouse; Cincinnati Playhouse; Alliance Theatre; Denver Center; Folger Theatre; Portland Stage; Clarence Brown Theatre; Florida Studio Theatre; Alabama and Texas Shakespeare Festivals; Vineyard Arts Project.  Film/TV: Elementary; Unforgettable; Blue Bloods; The Cask; Independence: Beyond What She Expects; Radio Cape Cod. Training:  The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  www.justincadams.com

Peter Danelski

PETER DANELSKI

Patroclus

Grateful as always to be home. Peter is a theatre artist, writer and researcher with degrees from DeSales University and Trinity College Dublin. As a performer he has worked in New York, Philadelphia, Dublin, D.C. and most extensively at PSF. Peter's research has been presented nationally, most recently at the 41st Comparative Drama Conference. He is also an active member of AmeriCorps, recently completing a Year of Service with Habitat for Humanity. Petedanelski.com

Ally Borgstrom

ALLY BORGSTROM

Helen

is a recent graduate of DeSales University and is thrilled to be back at PSF for her third summer! DSU credits: Little Women (Jo), Me and My Girl (Jacqueline) and Young Frankenstein (Inga). She would like to thank her family, her teachers, Ryan, and everyone involved in PSF for such a wonderful opportunity.

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Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s return to artistic excellence and financial stability, built the professional company of artists, oversaw the quadrupling of the endowment, and achieved increasing national recognition for the Festival. Further accomplishments include PSF’s first-ever awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and attracting a company of artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards to the Festival, growth in all income areas, a 75% increase in annual attendance, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. As a professional director, actor and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television, and radio. Mulcahy has acted with Angela Bassett, Peter MacNicol, Hal Holbrook, Joan Cusack, Don Cheadle, Anne Meara, Milo O’Shea, Cynthia Nixon, Tony Shaloub, Bradley Whitford, and others at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, and the Walnut St. He served as a fight director for Tom Hulse and Timothy Busfield in A Few Good Men on Broadway and for OffBroadway productions starring John Savage, John Mahoney, Marcia Gay Harden, and Patrick Dempsey. He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed Julius Caesar (2016), Macbeth (2014), Hamlet (2011), Antony and Cleopatra (2009), The Winter’s Tale (2007), Henry IV, Part I (2005), The Tempest (1999), and acted in and served as fight director for The Taming of the Shrew (1998) and Julius Caesar (1997). Also head of acting at DeSales, Patrick holds an MFA from Syracuse University

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Director/Associate Artistic Director

is the chairman of the theatre department of DeSales University, where he has been a faculty member for the last 33 years. He is also a founding member of PSF. Last summer, he directed PSF’s critically acclaimed production of West Side Story. He has directed many of PSF’s productions including Les Misérables,  Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, A Funny Thing…Forum, 1776, Cyrano de Bergerac, My Fair Lady, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Mr. Razze also composed musical scores for PSF’s Cyrano, The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He recently received the Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts from the Arts Commission of the city of Allentown.

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CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 19 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to more than 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People's Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre.  Casey is a member of the PSF Board or Directors and also serves on the board of the Allentown Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  He looks forward to the future of PSF and its 2030 Vision. Special thanks to David for his work on souvenirs. All my love.

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MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

This is Maggie's second season with PSF! Stage and production management credits include: Yours, Anne, among other productions (Half Moon Theatre); Seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, including A Midsummer Night's Dream (with The Pearl Theatre Company); Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour), Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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