Maia Knispel Returns to Atlanta with a New Clown Version of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus


Founding Artistic Director Maia Knispel returns to Atlanta and to Out of Hand Theater with her new show Titus Clown. Maia has been in the UK for the past two years completing a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Exeter. While there, she and her husband, stage director and Fulbright Scholar Tyler Owens, created an original 3-person clown show based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The production toured the UK to rave reviews. Renowned Shakespeare scholar Peter Thomson said this about the production, “Titus Clown is a highly original piece of physical theatre. There is little doubt that it will make a major impact. It’s remarkable enough to make a reputation.” Maia Knispel works in the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Unit and teaches courses in physical theatre and clown.

Washington-based actor and theater maker Zachary Magan will reprise his original role and Atlanta native Stephanie Friedman joins the cast. Jeffrey Zwartjes is designing the set and Blake Myers, set dresser for the hit television series The Walking Dead, is designing the numerous blood effects.

Out of Hand will perform Titus Clown at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in rotation with their production of the complete Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. Audiences have the opportunity to see both back to back this November.

“If you don’t know the play Titus Andronicus you’ll laugh for an hour. If you do know Titus Andronicus you will laugh for a week!” — Aqeel Abdulla, audience member @ Exeter Fringe, UK.

What: Three Clowns. One Precious Baby. One Giant Pie…And Flies. Titus Clown is a 45-minute hilarious blood bath complete with football, baby barf, a hole, gangster rap and devastating notions of murder and revenge.


  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2012 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11 p.m.

How Much: $15 general admission or $8 ticket with the purchase of a ticket to Titus Andronicus on Friday and Saturday.

Where: Out of Hand Theater presents Titus Clown at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Tickets are available on-line at the Shakespeare Tavern’s Box Office

Directed by: Jon Tyler Owens Performed by: Maia Knispel, Zachary W. Magan and Stephanie Friedman Devised by: Maia Knispel, Zachary W. Magan, Kelly Miller and Jon Tyler Owens.