Invited by the Royal Shakespeare Company to collaborate on a production of Troilus and Cressida, the Wooster Group went for high irony, portraying their Trojans as pre-colonial Native Americans complete with teepees, lacrosse sticks, and odd shamanistic rituals. In Cry, Trojans!, the Woosters’ single-company spin-off, primitive and modern collide in a dense, seemingly anarchic stew. Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, and starring Scott Shepherd and Kate Valk as the ill-fated lovers, Cry, Trojans! submits Shakespeare to a technologically mediated distortion field: As they perform, actors match their movements to video monitors screening a pair of movies by and about Native Americans — Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Smoke Signals — and the classic Hollywood romantic drama Splendor in the Grass. Eras, texts, and tech collide constantly in this utterly absorbing theatrical miasma.
March 24-April 19, 8 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2015