Rob Melrose

Priam / Nestor / Ensemble

Tony DeBruno

Hector / Calchas / EnsembleBernard White
Paris / Patroclus / EnsembleRamiz Monsef
Troilus / Ensemble Raffi Barsoumian
Aeneas / Margareton / HelenusFajer Al-Kaisi
Ajax / Antenor / EnsembleElijah Alexander
Thersites / Alexander

Michael Elich

Agamemnon / EnsembleRex Young
Pandarus / MenalausBarzin Akhavan
Achilles / EnsemblePeter Macon
Diomedes / EnsembleKevin Kenerly
Ulysses / EnsembleMark Murphey
Cressida / CassandraTala Ashe
Helen / Andromache / Prologue / EnsembleBrooke Parks

Photos by Jenny Graham

“Let’s be honest, this comedy/problem play will be on the list of hardcore Shakespeare fans if for no other reason than its rarity: in its 77-year history, OSF has staged Troilus and Cressida only four times previously. But, as directed by Rob Melrose, this is much more than a checkmark to make on your Bard scorecard…there are plenty of engaging performances, especially by Barzin Akhavan as the flamboyant and voluble Pandaras (uncle to the female lead, Cressida), Elijah Alexander as a buffoonish, bleating Ajax, and especially Michael Elich, who plays Thersites as a paint-huffing tweaker working both sides of the conflict.” 

"Largely ignored for more than 300 years, Troilus and Cressida is emerging as a true Shakespearean masterpiece, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's version, setting the play in Operation Iraqi Freedom, firmly establishes that stature."

"Director Rob Melrose and designer Michael Locher have concocted an atmospheric modern setting derived from the looting of the Baghdad Museum during the U.S. invasion of Iraq…Melrose has assembled a deep, rich cast led by Barzin Akhavan's Pandarus, the lord who comically facilitates the romance between the hesitant lovers Troilus (Raffi Barsoumian) and Cressida (Tala Ashe). Adding complexity to the story are Kevin Kenerly's resolute Diomedes, Bernard White as the war-weary Hector, Michael Elich as the bitter commentator Theristes and Elijah Alexander as the dense warrior Ajax.”.

​-The Sacramento Bee

"OSF and Melrose have taken this seldom-produced play and made it immensely enjoyable and incredibly relevant. You'll be thinking about Troilus and Cressida for hours after you exit the theater."

-Roberta Kent

Ashland Daily Tidings


Director • Translator • Playwright     

by William Shakespeare
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director
March 28 - November 4, 2012

Directed by Rob Melrose
Set Design by Michael Locher
Costume Design by Christal Weatherly
Lighting Design by Jiyoun Chang
Original Music / Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers
Dramaturgy by Lue Morgan Douthit
Voice and Text Direction by Rebecca Clark Carey