If you didn’t get your fill of gore and guts this Halloween, have no fear. “Titus Andronicus,” by far Shakespeare’s most violent play, is coming to Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi this month.
The play will run for six days, from Tuesday to Sunday, Nov. 14-19, at the Warren Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts. Curtains open every night at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of Sunday’s performance, which begins at 2 p.m.
“Titus Andronicus” is the fictional story of a power struggle for the Roman empire. It is a tale of revenge, grief and political nepotism, cut from the same cloth of HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones.” “Titus Andronicus” is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. For a story that is more than 400 years old, it is remarkable how it still resonates with audiences today.
“Shakespeare captures the complete human existence, the good and the bad,” said senior Haley Davis, who plays the role of Tamora. “A lot of our shows are about love, and reconciling differences, and opening your mind. This show does open your mind, just in a different way.”
This is the second and final stage production this semester by the Island University Department of Theatre and Dance, after a successful run of “De Donde” last month. This performance is a guaranteed blood-fest, and includes smoke effects, gunshots, sexual content and violent deaths.
“It doesn’t sugar coat anything,” Davis said. “It’s about hate, and what it can do to people, and what war and violence can do to the mind.”
This production of “Titus Andronicus” is adapted and directed by faculty member Alison Frost, who has directed other Shakespeare plays including “Twelfth Night,” “Urinetown” and “Cabaret.” Frost was recently recognized with the prestigious “University Educator of the Year” from the Texas Educational Theatre Association.
“Seeing all these beautiful people act, all these costumes, the fight scenes. It’s really dope,” said sophomore Tryen “Lil T” Duncan, who plays the role of Aaron. “I don’t know how you could not enjoy this.”
There is lots of violence and action in “Titus,” with the fight scenes choreographed by Jason Paul Tate.
“It’s a really savage play,” Duncan said. “Watching this insanity unfold on stage is something to really behold.”
General admission tickets are $10, and only $7 for students.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/production