Shakespeare's shocker TITUS ANDRONICUS is right at home at The Hypnodrome, San Francisco's own theatre of terror and taboo. Shakespeare's earliest surviving tragedy pits Titus Andronicus and his clan of Roman warriors against the vengeful Queen Tamora and her brood of barbarous Goths. When a family funeral for the Andronici war-dead is capped off with the ritual sacrifice of Tamora's eldest son, the plot twists from dramatic exposition to action - dismemberment, rape, murder, and even cannibalism can't resolve the feud in this tragicomic allegory about hypocrisy, terror and the fall of the world's first superpower, the Republic of Rome.
"This play was one of the biggest hits of Shakespeare's career," said director Russell Blackwood,"and its no wonder that audiences thrill the kill-crazy antics of Titus Andronicus, it's experiencing ancient spectacles in the Roman coliseum."
Decked with funery offerings and the trappings of a vaulted Roman tomb by scene designer Melpomene Katakalos and performed with live accompaniment of a fully-restored 1920's era Aeolin player piano and Victorian pedal reed organ with a score composed by Don Seaver. The Hypnodrome is the perfect venue for this rarely produced TITUS ANDRONICUS; a true unique delight.
The theatre's famous "Shock Box" seats, tailor-made for twosomes, deliver The Hypnodrome experience with deluxe thrills and frills complete with an optional 'privacy curtain'. An evening's entertainment for Shock Box VIPS begins with complimentary libations, the player piano's serenade, a portrait with Madame Guillotine and perhaps an unexplained phenomenon or two - guaranteed to keep couples clinging close till curtain call.
This production marks Thrillpeddlers much anticipated return to TITUS, having score a memorable hit in 1997 with MONDO ANDRONICUS (Best of SF Fringe Festival). Under the direction of Russell Blackwood, fresh from the helm of Shotgun Players' critically acclaimed production of CABARET. The cast is blessed by a 'built-in ensemble' of Thrillpeddlers veterans including Treacy Corrigan and Le Anne Rumbel as the Goth bad boys Demetrius and Chiron. It features the talents of Tim Hendrixson* (Titus Andronicus) and Mary Knoll* (Tamora); real life partners in an onstage face off. The same holds true for Victor Ballesteros* (Saturninus) and Jena Rose (Lavinia).
*members of Actors Equity Association, An Equity-approved project
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