Summer Shakespeare continues
What: Summer Shakespeare’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Titus Andronicus”
When: Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 19-21).
Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St.
Admission: $13 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, students, teachers and members of the military
Note: This show is Rated R for for scenes of violence, rape and murder. It runs two hours, including a 15-minute intermission.
Information: search “Fleeing Artists Theatre” on Facebook
About the show: The Fleeing Artists’ theater group kicks off its second season (and its sixth season of Summer Shakespeare) with the Bard’s bloodiest play: “Titus Andronicus.”
Shakespeare set his play during the latter days of the Roman Empire, telling the fictional story of Titus Andronicus, a general in the Roman army.
When Titus is selected by the common people to serve as Rome’s new emperor, he instead selects in his place the eldest son of the previous emperor, the incompetent Saturninus. When Saturninus selects for his queen the vicious Tamora, whose son was brutally murdered by Titus’s family, it sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge.
Alex Metalsky — one of the founders of Fleeing Artists — describes the play as “basically, if Quentin Tarantino directed an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ and threw in poetic language and references to ‘Sweeney Todd,’ then you would have ‘Titus.’”
For this production, the setting has been moved to the near future, but Shakespeare’s language stays the same.