Shakespeare’s Troilus & Cressida is Fermat’s Last Theater Company’s summer 2014 production.
We are a small, collaborative theater company in Madison, Wisconsin. Our goal is to stage classic and contemporary works in ways that highlight issues of social and economic justice. We hope to build new and more diverse audiences for theater through provocative performances and outreach and workshops for young people.
This Kickstarter campaign will help us stage Shakespeare’s Troilus & Cressida – one of his lesser known (and very dark) plays. We keep ticket prices low ($10 for this show) to make performances accessible to a wide audience. Our goal is to pay for the venue with ticket revenues and use Kickstarter funds for costumes, props, posters and programs.
Our goal this year is $1500. No contribution is too small and all are welcome and appreciated. We also have some great rewards for those able to give $20 or more. Watch the short video and read the text below – learn more about us at our web site: fltco.tumblr.com
This production will be in the round at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Aug 6/7/8 at 7:30 PM with a noon matinee on Saturday Aug 9.
Though it is set in the Bronze Age, critics have called Troilus & Cressida Shakespeare’s most modern play. It is the eight year of the Trojan War and both Greeks and Trojans question why they are fighting and when will the war ever end. Absent from the stage for almost 300 years, the play only entered the standard repertory after the carnage of World War I made it resonate with audiences. Sex and gender, honor and treachery and how they intersect with war are major themes. As always, Shakespeare does not provide clear answers but raises profound and timeless questions. This may be the darkest and most caustic play he wrote.
Risks and challenges
We have booked a great venue (the DeLuca space at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW campus), and we have a talented cast and an experienced director, producer and stage manager. With last year’s successful production of The Merchant of Venice we have a track record and an audience base. Positive media reviews and audience feedback have given us momentum as we move into our second production. Last year’s Kickstarter goal was $2500 and we raised $2700.
Rhetorically dense, philosophically complex, Troilus & Cressida is a challenge for both director and cast. Performing in the round and keeping the action moving while connecting with the entire audience are problems that our collaborative rehearsal process is designed to solve. We have scheduled rehearsals four nights a week from June 5 through August 3.
Fermat’s Last Theater Company is a deeply committed and energetic group – this staging of Troilus & Cressida will be terrific theater!
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