Oh my word I am so sorry I haven’t updated this in… well… almost a year.
So this year we are doing Titus Andronicus. Why? Because it’s awesome. That’s why. And it’s about time we tackle a show with some “issues” in it.
Titus, for those who aren’t familiar with it, contains a LOT of violence. Like, really a lot. Like as in 14 of the 21 characters in the play die before the end of it. Two of them are baked into a pie and fed to their mother. One character has her hands cut off and her tongue removed. Titus, the main character, has his hand cut off. So it’s a bit brutal.
That said, it’s also got some thought provoking issues in it. Titus is the perfect public servant- the man who has dedicated his life and 21 of his 25 children’s lives to Rome. He doesn’t want to lead Rome, he just wants to serve it. So when the new emperor promptly dismisses him from public life and follows this with several more insults and slights, we can understand Titus’ pain and anger. This isn’t to say Titus is entirely the victim either- upon returning to Rome from his last military campaign, he sacrifices the youngest child of the captive queen as a thanks to the gods for bringing him safely home. So can you blame Tamora for wanting to get revenge for her child’s life? What would YOU do to the person who killed your youngest child? And while victims today of sexual assault don’t always have the physical mutulations that prevent Lavinia from telling her story, the stigma of rape silences just as many victims today as effectively as Lavnina is silenced.
So while the violence is so far over the top that it occasionally dips into farce, there is a lot to chew on in this show.
It’s also a lot of fun. The bad guys- Aaron, Chiron, and Demetrius- are so awful and stupid that it’s fun to hate them. It’s hard to feel pity for them when Titus kills the boys and bakes them into a pie to feed to their mother.
To sum it up, combine action-adventure with Greek tragedy, and farce with heart wrenching pain… and you have Titus. There are scenes that nearly make me cry every night- followed by a scene where I laugh so hard I nearly fall off my bench. This is what you should prepare yourself for if you come to see the show.
Oh- show details?
Detroit Lakes City Park. Free Admission. Weather Permitting.
June 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm
June 29 at 4:00 pm
July 3 & 5 at 7:00 pm
Show runs approximately two hours with a ten minute intermission. And there is stage blood. LOTS of stage blood.
SEE YOU THERE.