By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Bryan
July 18, 19, 20 @ 8pm, July 21 @ 3pm
Shakespeare’s Macabre Play, Titus Andronicus, Leaps from Script to Stage
Shakespeare is no stranger to mad Kings and unfortunate tragedies but nothing comes close to Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Thought to have been his attempt at a revenge play, which were gaining popularity amongst his contemporaries in the 16th century, Shakespeare shocks audiences with blood and gore.
Titus, a decorated General in the Roman Army returns home after a 10-year battle with the Goths. Although Titus voices his opposition to the current political downturn of the nation, he refuses to take the throne upon his arrival. After sacrificing the Queen of the Goth’s son, a devious plot for revenge begins. Tamora, Queen of the Goths, sets out to destroy Titus starting with the brutal rape of his daughter. Filled with intense and powerful imagery, Titus Andronicus explores the cost of gratification through violent acts. And down to its closing scene, it’s all too clear why this play was such a hit. It becomes a violent game of cat and mouse sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
Set in the Studio space at The Flowertown Players, Shakespeare’s horror story comes to life inches from the audience. Directed by veteran Shakespearean actor and director John Bryan, he believes that, “Titus Andronicus is a tale, not of victory or glory, but of the corrosive and destructive effects of vengeance. It is a warning against jingoism and a reminder that we are but a razor's breadth from madness when we ask the Structure to guide our morals. The play is violent. The play is brutal. The play makes no apologies or excuses for this. It is important that we understand this is our nature and thus can be understood and contained rather than ignored and allowed to fester until it erupts into the sort of action we see in the play.” As a lesser-known play, Titus Andronicus, is rarely performed. Don’t miss your chance to see how far one man will go to seek revenge.
General Admission $15