Cassandriad

Written by:

Jessy Ardern

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 7

Genre:

Myth/Legend/Folktale
Tragedy

Themes:

Feminism
Future
Gender
Healing Intergenerational Trauma
History
Power
War

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2020

Synopsis:

Cassandra has been blessed with the ability to see the future. Her curse is that no one will ever believe her.

In a story that slides between the mythic past and the looming future, this princess of Troy foretells the events of a war that will overcome her homeland and destroy her family. She will warn us of the inevitable horrors that are behind us – or perhaps still to come. If only she could get it straight in her head…

Cassandriad requires an ensemble of 8 – 14 actors. It is currently a finalist for the Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries program at the American Shakespeare Center.

Characters:

*Please note that the cast size of Cassandriad could range from 8 to 14 actors.
The story is told by an ensemble of all ages, gender identities, sizes, and ethnicities. At various points individuals become:

Cassandra, F, any age
Hecuba, F, 50 – 60
Briseis, F, 10 – 12
Hector, M, 20 – 35
Andromache, F, 30s
Achilles, M, 20 – 35
Patroclus, M, 20 – 35
Priam, M, 50 – 60
Cressida, F, 16 – 22
Helen, F, 20s.
Polyxena, F, 16 -22
Paris, M, 20s.
Thetis, F, ageless

Various Generals, Soldiers, Advisors, Gods (Apollo, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena), and inanimate forms, as needed.

Resources:

For a perusal copy, please contact ardern.jessy@gmail.com.