Shakespeare on stage at CBT

KNOXVILLE – William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” will play on the Clarence Brown Theatre main stage February 10 – 28, 2016 with 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm performances. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, February 10, a talk back with the actors will take place Sunday, February 21 following the matinee, and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, February 28 at 2:00 pm.

Titus publicity photo

Believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and most graphically violent, “Titus Andronicus” was created as a crowd-pleasing shocker, full of murder, intrigue, betrayal, and revenge.

“The central idea in the play is that when justice and rule of law is subverted by man’s pursuit of revenge, man is capable of unspeakable violence.  Even the most principled and civilized man (like Titus) can become barbaric,” said Director John Sipes.

Director John Sipes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Before joining the UT faculty, he was a Director and the Resident Movement Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 15 seasons.

The production Titus Andronicus features visiting professional guest actors, UT faculty, graduate and undergraduate student actors, and actors from the community.

“It is impossible to underestimate the value to training theater students in producing anything by William Shakespeare.  The Clarence Brown’s production of this rarely seen play will stretch our students’ range of expression and their facility with language.  Moreover, our audiences will be treated to a story of political intrigue and moral turpitude that still has power after four centuries,” said Calvin MacLean, CBT Artistic Director and Department Head.

The production is for mature audiences only. Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard for every performance.