“This singular joint takes a lot of very laudable risks. And although I mostly don’t think it works, Newell’s smart, provocative, heavily conceptual and fully committed ‘Titus’ most certainly qualifies as risky.” -Chicago Tribune
“Newell’s interpretation invites multiple readings, but the central message, that of revenge’s power to corrupt innocence, is chillingly enhanced.” -Time Out
“To his credit, Newell–a director who is never less than audacious in his approach to the classics–sustains the hopped-up pacing and jagged, eccentric edges of his distinctive take on Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most psychically and physically self-devouring plays.” -Sun-Times
Shakespeare’s riveting tale of jealousy and revenge is set against the backdrop of the Gothic conquests. Roman general Titus Andronicus returns home in triumph, but with a perilous war trophy—Tamora, queen of the Goths. Her presence in Rome sets in motion a cycle of envy and vengeance that ensnares slaves and emperors alike. Gritty and elemental, this powerful drama is uniquely suited to acclaimed Artistic Director Charles Newell’s signature style. In a new adaptation, Charlie will bring this cautionary tale into the present, setting it among the privileged families of a wealthy town where money and position have protected the residents from ever realizing the costs of their actions.