‘Titus: Civil War’ On Stage at
Shakespeare Tragedy Takes the Stage in the
Hostick Experimental Theatre
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[November 29, 2018]
‘Titus: Civil War,’ Shakespeare’s most popular play during his
lifetime, will run through this Sunday, at the Hostick Theatre at
Lincoln College’s Johnston Center for the Arts.
Performances are nightly at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and then at
2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Generally known as “Titus Andronicus,” it is thought to be
Shakespeare’s first tragedy and is believed to have been written
between 1588 and 1593. As originally written, the play is the
fictional tale of Titus, a general in the Roman Army who is engaged
in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, queen of the Goths.
For this experimental theatre production, the play has been set in
the aftermath of the American Civil War, during the reconstruction
period. It has been condensed into 13 key scenes and transliterated
by Doug Rosson, lead faculty for the theatre department at Lincoln
Described as Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most violent work, it was
extremely popular during his lifetime, but fell out of favor by the
later 17th century, largely due to its graphic violence. It has
enjoyed a revival beginning in the middle of the 20th century.
Tickets are $5, or $1 for students and seniors. Due to the
violence and mature themes, including murder and rape, audience
discretion is advised.
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Titus: Isaiah Denton (left), of Plano
Aaron: Roland Williams of Chicago
Marcus: Pierson Fleming, of Springfield
Bassianus: Miguel Reyes of Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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