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TROILUS and CRESSIDA

Elijah Alexander

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Elijah just wrapped another successful season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in a production of Troilus and Cressida directed by Rob Melrose.  The Ashland Link review ranked it in their top 10 productions of all time at the OSF.   

Set during the Trojan War, Shakespeare’s cynical and bitterly funny indictment of the futility of war is made more immediate in OSF’s production, placed against the backdrop of the U.S. conflict in the contemporary Middle East.  This production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national theatre initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.  

Elijah played the role Ajax, a brutish Greek General (in this production an over-trained special ops gunnery sergeant). He is Hector's half Trojan cousin and in a traditional dual with scimitar and dagger these two engage in a 'fight to the death' that ends in revealing more than just a victor.