Titus Andronicus (Part One) FREE and ONLINE Shakespeare Reading
July 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
TL;DR: Tamora plans false incrimination, rape, murder, and mutilation. Titus plans murder and cannibalism. This is not a happy play.
A bit more about the play: The Roman general Titus Andronicus returns from war with four prisoners who vow to take revenge against him. They rape and mutilate Titus’ daughter and have his sons killed and banished. Titus kills two of them and cooks them into a pie, which he serves to their mother before killing her too. The Roman emperor kills Titus, and Titus’ last remaining son kills the emperor and takes his place.
There will be a ZOOM link to join the reading, available on the Online Event page or in your “My Tickets” section.
This reading will be led by Bill Glaser, who discovered Shakespeare at the age of twenty and has been a bardolater for more than sixty years. He taught Shakespeare at both the junior and senior high school levels for six years, after which he continued teaching small groups and individuals informally. He played both Polonius and the ghost in the one-hour, comic version of Hamlet in San Diego’s Balboa Park, and more recently he played the duke in The Show Must Go Online production of The Comedy of Errors.
Q: Do I have to read?
A: You are welcome to show up and just watch. We suspect, however, that it will look like too much fun for you to resist for long. A lot of newcomers don’t want to read initially but when they see how fun it is, they join in! But there is no pressure at all if you just want to watch and we have regular attendees who have never read.
Q: Can I act as a specific character or be in a particular scene?
A: That may be possible. Each evening has an assigned director who has planned what scenes to cover. If you are really anxious to act in a specific scene, talk to the director at the start and see what can be arranged. No guarantees, but if the scene is being done that night, it might be possible. All scenes are cast that night right before they are read, so usually, everyone who wants to act has the chance to do at least a small role.
Q: Who can participate?
A: Everyone! They are free and open to the public.
Hilarious TL;DR [“too long, didn’t read”] notes and summaries from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Photo Credits: Shakespeare’s globe