Fixing Troilus and Cressida
by Rude Mechs

Mar. 08 - Mar. 31, 2018

 Rude Mechs is thrilled to deliver the world premiere of a brand new Fixing Shakespeare play. This time Kirk Lynn's site is set on Fixing Troilus and Cressida, and Alexandra Bassiakou Shaw is directing. 


Troilus and Cressida is the love story hidden in the center of history’s greatest war. As the Greeks enter their seventh year of hammering against the Trojan’s wall, one young warrior, Troilus, is ready to risk it all and pledge his loyalty to a new love. The young woman, Cressida, is cautious, having been punished for her father’s treason and made a servant to the Trojan princes.

The relationship is nurtured by the matchmaker, Pandarini, who advises, scolds, and pushes the lovers to trust one another. Around them war and chaos burn, Hector rages, Ulysses plots, Achilles stalls, Agemomnem tries to keep it all together, and Cassandra forsees death.

Let your heart be slaughtered by the Rudes’ take on Shakespeare’s take on Homer’s Illiad. We’re brave enough to tell you whether Helen really wants to be there and to once and for all find out if romance can survive politics or family.

Warning: Lots of “F” bombs.

Audio feature by Michael Lee, KUT-FM

Rude Mechs is supported in part by The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

About Fixing Shakespeare

Fixing Shakespeare makes William Shakespeare’s least produced works useful again. Ask yourself how many Shakespeare plays you know or have seen, subtract that number from thirty-seven (depending on who you ask), and those are the plays we are working to fix using our patented performance creation methodology, contemporary English, and adding curse words. (Shakespeare cursed plenty, but most Elizabethan curse words have lost their spice. Zounds!)

In some ways, we’re offering you a more authentic experience of what a new Shakespeare play might be like than an actual Shakespeare play. In other ways, not so much.

Production Team
Writer – Kirk Lynn
Director  – Alexandra Bassiokou Shaw
Production Manager – Dallas Tate
Stage Manager – Madison Scott
Costume & Props Design – Aaron Flynn
Lighting Design – Stephen Pruitt
Original Music & Sound Design – Peter Stopschinski
Scenic Design – Amanda Perry


Helen – Catherine Grady
a woman from Greece, aka Helen of Troy, aka it’s complicated.
Cressida – Crystal Bird Caviel
daughter to Calchas
Pandarini – Cassie Reveles
aunt to Cressida
Troilus – Noel Gaulin
Trojan, Paris’ brother
Paris – Derek Kolluri
Trojan, Helen-Stealer, War-Starterer
Hector – Rommel Sulit
Trojan, Paris’ brother
Cassandra– Kelli Bland
a prophet, Paris’ sister
Agamomnem– Lauren Lane**
the Greek general, kind of a big deal
Ulysses – Jeff Mills
Greek Commander
Achilles – John Christopher
Greek Commander, another kind of big deal
Patroclus – Vincent Tomasino
Greek Commander
Calchas – Mical Trejo
Cressida’s father, a Trojan priest who has gone over to the Greeks

Fixing Troilus and Cressida
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Kirk Lynn
Rude Mechs

March 08 - March 31, 2018
Nowlin Rehearsal Hall
1454 Toomey Road
Austin, TX, 78704

March 8 - 31, Thurs - Sat performances
Nowlin Rehearsal Hall, 1426 Toomey Rd., Austin, TX, 78704
Tickets: $5 - 25 Sliding Scale General Admission
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