For the first time in its history, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Written at the beginning of Shakespeare’s career, the play reinvents the revenge tragedies popular in Shakespeare’s day, heaping scenes of bloodshed one on top of the other. When Roman General Titus returns from his victorious campaign against the Goths, he sacrifices one of the Goth princes in retaliation, setting in motion a horrific cycle. But amid the violence, Shakespeare provides scenes of deep humanity, depicting the anguish and loss felt by Titus, the Goths’ Queen Tamora and their families and illustrating the futility and human costs of revenge. In the character of Titus, Shakespeare foreshadowed the great tragic heroism of Brutus and the depths of Lear’s despair.
This production was part of Shakespeare in Washington, a feast of theatre, music, dance, art and film presented by more than 40 organizations.
“… Edwards succeeds mightily in balancing this parade of Shakespeare offers … she has kept it free of exploitation and excessive prurience and still made it relevant. This Titus is high on action with enough superb displays of choreography and well-rehearsed stage-craft to keep even the YouTube crowd rapt.”
–Kate Wingfield, Metro Weekly
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