Thursday, April 24th, 2014

3/19 – 3/20/11 Heads Will Roll in Titus Andronicus

“If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul.”

Think Shakespeare is just a bunch of people standing around in tights and talking? Think again. Join Maryland Shakespeare Festival for a play that gives Saw a run for its money: Shakespeare’s shockingly violent Titus Andronicus.  As part of Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s 2010-11 Season in Exile, this Bare Bard production will play for two performances only: Saturday, March 19th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20th at 2 p.m.

As always in Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s smash-hit Bare Bard Experimental Series, the cast will rehearse for one day only. Actors from across the country arrive in Frederick on Friday evening with their lines already memorized, and by Saturday evening, they are ready to perform the full production before an audience—with exciting improvisational acting, audience interaction, live music, thrilling stage combat, and unbeatable storytelling. MSF’s Bare Bards have become celebrated with Maryland audiences for their edge-of-your seat style. Come see what all the fuss is about—but reserve early, because the Bare Bards sell out quickly!

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, boasting a final body count of no less than fourteen characters—some hanged, some starved to death, and some dispatched with a creative flair. Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s most popular play in his time, but today it is rarely performed. Is it just an Elizabethan version of the slasher film—or is there more here than meets the eye? Maryland Shakespeare Festival will seek to rediscover the play’s exploration of power by turning its central rivalry on its head.  Shannon Parks will play the vindictive, bloodthirsty Roman general Titus, usually cast as a man, and JJ Area will put a masculine spin on the murderous seductress Tamora, Queen of the Goths.

See what happens when blood and guts meet the raw, unadulterated Bare Bard style on Saturday, March 19th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20th at 2 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a spirited post-show discussion. No two performances are ever the same, so come twice! $15 suggested donation at the door. Seats fill quickly, so reserve in advance by emailing Karen@mdshakes.org or by calling (301) 668-4090. Click here for parking information and directions. Individuals requesting accommodations for a disability, please contact the MSF offices at (301) 668-4090 at least 48 hours before the event.

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