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Shakespeare’s Goriest Play, ‘Titus Andronicus,’ Takes Center Stage at Island University

November 13, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – This November, lovers of both theatre and terror will enjoy one of Shakespeare’s goriest works at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Department of Theatre and Dance presents Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” the second production of the 2017-2018 performing arts season.

Alison Frost, Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, alongside Jason Paul Tate, Society of American Fight Directors Stage Combat Instructor and adjunct faculty member, take to the stage a play full of revenge, grief, violence and breakdown of political order. The show runs from Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Warren Theatre, located in the Center for Arts. “Titus Andronicus” is for mature audiences only, due to adult language and explicit content. The play runs at 7:30 p.m. each day with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

“This production has been a huge undertaking – lots of verse to learn, an ambitious set design to build and illuminate, 28 actors to fit and dress from head to toe, and copious moments of violence to stage and choreograph safely amongst an assortment of props, sounds and special effects,” said Frost.

Set during the latter days of the Roman Empire, “Titus Andronicus” tells the tragic story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. The play guarantees a unique and high-quality performance full of tragedy and dramatic structure that is not for the faint of heart.

“Anyone who is a fan of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ will enjoy ‘Titus Andronicus,’ said Frost. “Not only have we tapped into the violence and gore of a revenge play, we do it live onstage, just as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men did so many years ago.”

Cast and crew hope the audience enjoy not only the play, but take notice of the combined artistic efforts of Islander students and faculty.  

“The collaborative skills needed to bring ‘Titus Andronicus’ to the stage have been in overdrive, but here we are alive and well with all of our digits intact!” said Frost. “Despite Shakespeare’s tale of love, hatred and revenge, the intense storytelling told by our Islander artists is the product of an amazingly supportive ensemble committed to each other and the Arts.”

Tickets to “Titus Andronicus” are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for Islander Students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. Tickets purchase can be online or at the door the day of the show. For more information, visit theatre.tamucc.edu.