Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tucson: UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre performs Shakespeare's tragedy 'Titus Andronicus.'


From: Anne Gardner []
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 11:42 AM
Subject: Press Release for ART's "Titus Andronicus"



UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre performs Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Titus Andronicus.’


Dates & Times:

Previews: March 2 at 1:30 p.m. & March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Evenings: March 5-8, 13-15 & 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.

Matinees: March 9, 15 & 30 at 1:30 p.m.


Place: Tornabene Theatre on the UA campus located near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: General $26, Senior Citizen/UA Employee/Military $24, Student $19, Preview $17.


Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162.


Parking: Theatregoers may park in the Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Ave. just north of Speedway Blvd.  For weekday evening performances, you can pre-pay for parking.  Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, take your parking ticket immediately to the garage cashier after parking.  Cashier is located on the east side of the main level.  Parking fee will be $3 (cash only).  After the performance, insert the parking ticket at the gate to exit.  Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.


Production Information: “Titus Andronicus,” by William Shakespeare.  Presented by the UA School of Theatre Arts Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) and directed by Brent Gibbs.


Season Producer Sponsor: The Harris

Season Media Sponsors: KUAT-FM & KUAZ-AM/FM

Production Sponsor: University Park Marriott


One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, made popular by the 1999 film "Titus" starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, Titus Andronicus is a sordid tale of revenge spawned from political turmoil.  At the outset, Titus’ loyalty to the Roman state is absolute and he displays his civic virtue in his willingness to sacrifice his sons in battle to preserve the empire.  Yet under the rule of a new emperor and his wife, Queen of the Goths, Rome becomes an unjust place that preys on Titus' remaining family.  Realizing that all of his sacrifices are in vain, Titus turns his fierce loyalty away from the state solely to the remnants of his kin, planning a vendetta against the royal family that will lead to their bloody end.  


Director Brent Gibbs says that “Titus” was originally written to appease the public by giving them the graphic blood and gore they want, very similar to today’s slasher movies, such as the “Saw” series.  While Shakespeare’s play is often seen as either a dark comedy or a tragic revenge play, Gibbs says his production will honor the traditional roots of the story by giving the audience “what it has craved since the first human life was offered to the gods for the communal good, namely, the Theatre of Sacrifice.”  There will be an emphasis on ritualistic violence, displayed in a mixture of realistic gore and stylized violence, with the ultimate goal of sending a message through this cautionary tale of revenge.


Contains adult content and violence.


Audience Enrichment: Learn more about “Titus Andronicus” through exciting discussions, which are free and open to the public.


Pre-show discussion: March 13 at 6:45 p.m.; check signage in the Tornabene Theatre lobby for discussion location.  Guest speakers will lead an exciting dialogue where you can get behind-the-scenes information about the production.


New!  Symposium: “The Politics of Revenge”: March 27 at 6:45 p.m. in the Drama Building, Room 125.  “Titus” dramaturgs Emily Denison and Morgan McAslan will host a symposium for audience members.  The panel will consist of UA Shakespeare Professor Fred Kiefer, Assistant Director Matthew Bowdren, and a representative from the UA Police Department, as well as other experts and members of the community.  They will discuss the topic of revenge as it relates to the play and our world.


Experience more of “Titus Andronicus” through a new blog spot at  It features photos, articles, and other information designed to enhance your experience with the show.  


Media Contact: Paula Newsome,  (520) 626-2686,


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