For the first time in its history, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Written at the beginning of his 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. Director Gale Edwards returns for the first time since her productions of Richard III and Hamlet, two of the most successful and critically acclaimed productions in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's history.
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