The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents Titus Andronicus

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Atlanta's New American Shakespeare TavernTitus Andronicus
Directed by Drew Reeves
$15 General Admission Previews Thurs November 1, 2012 and Friday November 2, 2012
Runs November 3 to 25, 2012

Featuring Maurice Ralston as Titus and Agnes Harty as Tamora

Human sacrifice. Murder. Rape. Mutilation. Cannibalism and suicide. Beneath Shakespeare’s first tragedy, the tale of an ancient Roman’s descent into madness, revenge and redemption, is the careful crafting of the master. With Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare questions the essence of sanity and explores humankind’s capacity for violence and spiritual purity.

Audience Note: With more than a dozen violent deaths, this play contains a lot of blood, gore and adult themes. We recommend leaving the kids and the faint of heart at home.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Tragedies

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday November 11  after the show!

Dramatis Personae

Saturninus – J.C. Long*
Bassianus – Jeffrey Stephenson
Titus Andronicus -Maurice Ralston*
Lavinia, daughter to Titus – Jennifer Alice Acker
Lucius, son to Titus – Andrew Houchins*
Quintus, son to Titus -Doug Graham
Martius, son to Titus – Nicholas Faircloth
Mutius, son to Titus – Cale Lawton
Marcus Andronicus, brother to Titus – J.Tony Brown*
Young Lucius, son to Lucius -Will Hodgdon
Publius – Cale Lawton
Sempronius, kinsman to Titus -Doug Kaye*
Caius, kinsman to Titus – Chris Rushing
Emilius, a noble Roman -Doug Graham
Tamora, Queen of the Goths – Agnes Harty*
Alarbus, son to Tamora – Daniel Carter Brown
Demetrius, son to Tamora – Daniel Parvis
Chiron, son to Tamora – Jonathan Horne
Aaron, a Moor beloved of Tamora – Brian Mayberry
Prisoners – Charles Umeano, Jennifer Lamourt
Nurse – Jennifer Lamourt
Saturninus followers – Jennifer Alice Acker, Will Hodgdon, Brian Mayberry, Chris Rushing, Charles Umeano, Jennifer Lamourt
Bassianus followers – Daniel Carter Brown, Daniel Parvis, Jonathan Horne, Matt Felten
Executioner – Charles Umeano
Captain – Matt Felten
Messenger – Charles Umeano
Clown – Matt Felten
Goths – Nicholas Faircloth, Daniel Carter Brown, Chris Rushing
Tribunes -Doug Kaye*
Goth Soldiers – Cale Lawton, Jeffrey Stephenson, Daniel Parvis, Jonathan Horne, Matt Felten, Charles Umeano, Jennifer Lamourt
Judges – Cale Lawton,Doug Kaye* Daniel Carter Brown, Matt Felten
Attendants – Jeffrey Stephenson, Matt Felten, Charles Umeano, Jennifer Lamourt

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in theUnited States

Titus Andronicus Synopsis

Two sons of the late Roman Emperor, Saturninus (the elder) and Bassianus, strive to succeed him, but Titus Andronincus, veteran general triumphant against the Goths, is chosen. He has just returned with his prisoners: Tamora, Queen of the Goths, her sons, and Aaron, her Moorish paramour. Heedless of entreaty, Titus orders her eldest son, Alarbus, to be sacrificed to appease the spirits of his own dead sons. He refuses the crown, urging the choice of Saturninus, to whom he gives his daughter Lavinia and yields his Gothic prisoners. Bassianus, secretly pledged to Lavinia, runs off with her; Saturninus, to curb the influence of Titus, announces that he will marry Tamora, who tells him to remain silent while she plans revenge upon the Andronici.

In a rush of events orchestrated by Aaron, Tamora’s sons, Demetrius and Chiron, kill Bassianus during a hunt in the forest. They rape Lavinia, cut off her hands and cut out her tongue. Meanwhile, Aaron manages to implicate the sons of Titus in the murder of Bassianus. They are sentenced to death and another son, Lucius, is banished. Titus, already overcome by the plight of Lavinia, is tricked into losing his hand as fruitless ransom for his sons.

While Lucius is raising a revenging army among the Goths, the mutilated Lavinia, by the manipulation of a staff in the sand, accuses Chiron and Demetrius. Titus behaves like a mad man, dispatching messages to the gods to redress his wrongs.

Tamora has had a black child by Aaron, who removes it for safety; captured by the Gothic army on its way, under Lucius, to attackRome, he tells the whole story. Tamora, seeking to persuade Titus – whom she regards as merely crazed – to recall Lucius, has come to him dressed as Revenge, with her two sons as Murder and Rape. Having promised to invite “the Empress and her sons” and Saturninus, with Lucius, to a feast, Titus – who has seen through the charade – later kills Chiron and Demetrius and at the banquet serves their flesh baked in a pie. The end is a frenzy in which Lavinia, Tamora, Titus and Saturninus all die. Lucius becomes Emperor and after sentences Aaron to be buried breast-deep and starved to death.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Performance days and times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

Regular Ticket Prices: Thursday night: All regular (non-preview) Thursday shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students

Friday night: Main: $32 Box: $26 Balcony: $22

Saturday night: Main: $36 Box: $30 Balcony: $24

Sunday night: Main: $28 Box: $22 Balcony: $15

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Discount Ticket Options: $15 for Previews (unless otherwise noted);. Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays. Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees. $3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Sundays. Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

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The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or visit our website at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/

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Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.

DO NOT park onPine Streetor in the empty parking lots onPine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or order tickets on-line at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/