Cressida is a new play carved out of William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. Seven years into the Trojan War, Troilus, a Trojan prince, falls in love with Cressida, a traitor’s daughter. No sooner have these star-crossed lovers exchanged vows than power politics threaten their future. Cressida’s father negotiates a trade between the Greek and Trojan camp: the Greeks will give up one of their most valuable prisoners in exchange for Cressida. Diomedes delivers Cressida to the Greek camp where the generals assault her. Can she wait for Troilus? Should she? Can love survive in a time of war?

Cressida is a one act production, directed and adapted by MFA candidate Asae Dean. The play integrates scenes from the Shakespeare play with new scenes that give Cressida and Diomedes a greater presence. The new scenes draw upon Homer’s Illiad, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and more early modern drama. The four person cast features Melissa Tolner as the titular character, as well as Brian Falbo, Johnny Adkins, and David Ashton.

Two performances of Cressida are scheduled for 8 p.m. on January 30 and 31 at the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market Street, Staunton. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Amanda Allen, phone number 540-887-7237.