“Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, Blood and revenge are hammering in my head…” - Aaron, Titus Andronicus.
In the fall of 2017, UPShakes’ took on Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, Titus Andronicus. The stakes were high in the goriest of revenge stories, as staged thru the lens of “contestants” in this game called Society.
The production explored questions such as - what do we stand for? Who do we stand with? And how do we govern ourselves in a culture whose predilections for violence and domination steer our every tactic?
This hilarious, provoking and sometimes manically terrifying treatment of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus left the audience wondering- are you just here for the party… or are you the next competitor?
Titus Andronicus: John Sarkela
Young Lucius: Micah Argeropoulos
Demetrius: Dustin Holmberg
Chiron: Ezra Brooks-Planck
Aaron: Stacey Dyer
Marcus Andronicus: Jessica “Red” Bays
Lavinia: Melissa Neal
Tamora: Ella Bartlett Filipowicz
Saturninus: Ben Filipowicz
Bassianus: Brenna Womer
Lucius: Christoper Scott Leith
Thing One: Anthony Reynolds
Thing Two: Matt Cline
Him: Roscoe Schieler
Director: Jamie Weeder
Costumes: Heather Albee
Property/Weapon Master: Anthony Reynolds