Follies in Titus was influenced by the intrinsic confrontation with human violence that Titus Andronicus evokes in both its audience and its interpreters. This 16th-century tragedy, Shakespeare's first and bloodiest, is the fictional story of Titus, a general during the late Roman Empire who engages in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Titus's murder of Tamora's eldest son in a ritual of war leads to the rape and mutilation of his own daughter, Lavinia. As his revenge, Titus murders Tamora's remaining sons, bakes them into pie, and serves them to her at a feast. Through a careful exploration of the pathological and psychotic behavior of the protagonists of the play, director Dario D'Ambrosi and his collaborators reduce the original text to its essential elements, giving space to the creativity of its actors, who retell the play in a fantastical narration through the eyes of psychiatric patients.