Brandon Derk, left, and Brian Stewart rehearse a scene for the upcoming Hanover College production of Troilus and Cressida. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Brandon Derk, left, and Brian Stewart rehearse a scene for the upcoming Hanover College production of Troilus and Cressida. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
This weekend, Hanover College theater students will perform "Troilus and Cressida," a lesser-known Shakespearean play set during the Trojan-Greek war.

The show is being directed by Jim Stark, a theater professor at Hanover. "This play is very rarely done," Stark said. "It's a very demanding play. There's a lot of fighting, a lot of complex arguments."

"I wanted them to have a shot at it," Stark added.

Stark said the plot is similar to that of "Romeo and Juliet," another play by Shakespeare. Through the course of the plot, two young lovers meet and are separated by powers outside of their control. The story takes on themes of war, politics and social hierarchy.

"It's an unusual plot for Shakespeare but this one's special in that it's a pointless and unjust war. Both sides are fighting for prestige. It has a lot to say about why they fight," Stark said.

But the setting is far from the scenery that would be provided by the Greek empire. This play is set at in a college dormitory.

"To bring it within reach of our resources, we're presenting the play as if some enthusiastic college students get together to read the play and get caught up in it and experience it," Stark said.

The show will be performed at Parker Auditorium on the Hanover College campus. Shows will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. and be held at the same time Friday and Saturday.

General admission tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors aged 65 or older and $5 for youths younger than 18. Performances are free to season subscribers of the Community Arts Series and to those with a current Hanover College ID.

Information and advance ticket reservations are available by calling the box office at (812) 866-7110. Tickets will also be available at the door before each performance.

Cast

Brian Stewart as Troilus

Josephine Smiley as Cressida

Brandon Derk as Pandarus and Margarelon

Joshua L. H. Anderson as Paris and Achilles

Jackson Pollock as Aeneas and Calchas

Gray Schierholt as Hector

Summer Kennedy as Cassandra and Menelaus

Charlie Myre as Agamemnon and Boy

Gracie Taylor as Ulysses and Andromache

Kayla Snabl as Ajax and Priam

Montana Gallegos-Wilson as Diomedes

Emily Bumgardner as Thersites

Chyna Cheaney as Helenus and Servant

Caleb Beidelman as Antenor and Alexander

Shawn Franklin is the men's understudy. Kimberly Reeves is the women's understudy and the stage manager.