Ruff Reads:
Troilus and Cressida

Welcome to Ruff Reads! Seattle Shakespeare hosts FREE live stream readings of selected classical plays. We are partnering with local artists and community members to perform rather rough, but never boring, readings for our fans. Gather with your family, invite your buddies to join, and cuddle at home with your furry friends to enjoy this casual digital event.

Ruff Reads: Troilus and Cressida

Live Streamed - Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM

View on Demand - April 23 through April 25, 2021


A live stream and view on demand reading of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida featuring most of the original cast that were due to perform the play with Seattle Shakespeare prior to the COVID-19 cancellation in March 2020.

It all began when Helen of Troy was fiercely abducted, and now for seven long years the Greeks and Trojans have been at war. Warriors cynically debate over the fate of their nations with little resolution. Ensnared in the madness are the young Trojan prince, Troilus, and a traitor’s daughter, Cressida. Their love is tested and exposed to the savage and corrupting influence of wartime politics.

Both nations and lovers battle it out in this funny and insightful drama of revenge and romance. Troilus and Cressida’s doomed devotion mirrors the world of war all around them. Classic characters from the Iliad – Hector, Ulysses, Achilles, Ajax, Helen – leap to life with the help of Shakespeare’s imagination to reveal the follies of war.

Production Team

David Quicksall (Director) and Jocelyne Fowler (Production Manager).


Aaron Blakely (Achilles), Ian Bond (Thersites), Angélica Duncan-Basile (Cressida), Gabrielle Friedman (Cassandra), Jim Gall (Nestor/Priam),  Hisam Goueli (Ajax), Tim Gouran (Paris), Joe Guzmán (Agamemnon), Laurence Hughes (Menelaus/Calchas), Sean Lally (Ulysses), Jason Marr (Aeneas), George Mount (Pandarus), David Quicksall (Diomedes), Valerie Ryan Miller (Helen/Andromache), Mackenzie Shapiro (Alexandria/Margarelon), Arlando Smith (Hector), Andy Walker (Troilus)

Ruff Reads Troilus and Cressida Cast

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:


through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.