Eldritch Theatre presents a Titus-on-the-Run Productions Workshop Presentation,
WHO'S AFRAID OF TITUS?
Who was Shakespeare? Does it matter? Well Sky Gilbert thinks he was an aesthete — a poet whose plays are about poetry and its effect on us.
In tackling Titus Andronicus, perhaps Shakespeare’s most baffling play — Gilbert is drawing on his research for his new book Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry Was the World (released in 2020 by Guernica Editions). Gilbert has now adapted Titus Andronicus for a post-Covid era, asking the question on all our minds Who’s Afraid of Titus Andronicus?. Gilbert reduces Titus Andronicus to one hour and 18 concise scenes; the language is there, the story is there — and yes, there is a reason for doing this play now. Gilbert presents Titus as a queer play about poeticised violence, and asks (but does not answer) the question. Does art harm us? Should it?
Titus features a stellar cast including Brian Smegal (Stratford Festival) as Titus, Ellen-Ray Hennessy (Canada’s Queen of Voice and Animation) as Tamora, Sandy Crawley (movies galore; Green Party candidate) as Marcus, Veronika Hurnik (paula and karl, DNA Theatre/Six Stages) as the Narrator, and Augusta Monet as Lavinia. The production also features Ray Jacildo, George Alevizos, Max Ackerman and John Humeniuk.
Content Warning: Who’s Afraid of Titus is suitable for adults only as it involves scenes that fictionalize sex and violence. More details at: https://redsandcastletheatre.com/whos-afraid-of-titus
WHO'S AFRAID OF TITUS?
Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus Adapted & Directed by Sky Gilbert
August 31 to September 3rd, 2022
at the uncanny Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen St East, Toronto
We are necessarily working with a very small budget and hoping that this workshop presentation will lead to further more fully funded productions.
*Please read our COVID19 safety protocols on our website: https://redsandcastletheatre.com/covid-safety-protocols/ HEPA filtration throughout the theatre, vaccinated & masked staff, as well as mandatory masks for all audience members, in order to gain admittance to the theatre. There is no food or drink allowed in the theatre at this time.
Artwork "Stewardess Fight" by Kirsten Johnson @kirstenjohnson_art_film kirstenjohnson.com
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