The Delta Boys Transform Shakespeare’s Bloody Revenge Play “Titus Andronicus” into a Dark Comedy

Triangle theater veteran Tom Marriott plays the title role in The Delta Boys Theater Company's version of "Titus Andronicus" on March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham, NC
Triangle theater veteran Tom Marriott plays the title role in The Delta Boys Theater Company's version of "Titus Andronicus" on March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham, NC

Triangle theater veteran Tom Marriott plays the title role in The Delta Boys Theater Company's version of "Titus Andronicus" on March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham, NC
Triangle theater veteran Tom Marriott plays the title role in The Delta Boys Theater Company's version of "Titus Andronicus" on March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham, NC

On March 1-3 and 8-10, The Delta Boys Theater Company will turn English playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s bloody early revenge play, Titus Andronicus, probably written between 1588 and 1593, into a “dark comedy of justice and revenge,” according to the company’s website. They will perform this rollicking retelling of Titus at the Cordoba Center for the Arts (above the Scrap Exchange) in Durham, NC. The show will be directed by Carolyn McDaniel and designed by Chelsea Kurtzman.

Titus Andronicus stars Tom Marriott as Titus Andronicus, Gregor McElvogue as Marcus Andronicus, Chris Burner as Saturninus, John Jimerson as Bassianus, Ashley Jones as the Nurse, Rajeev Rajendran as Aaron the Moor, and Nan Mullenneaux as Tamora.

The rest of cast includes (in alphabetical order): Tasha Anderson, Jeb Brinkley, Nicola Bullock, Matthew Greenslade, PJ Maske, Kiernan McGowan, Evan Mitchell, Will Pierson, and Alice Turner.

According to The Delta Boys Theatre Company:

“Founded in 2005 under the name Single Shot Theater Company, The Delta Boys is a small collective comprised of Noah Putterman and Lucius Robinson. Since its inception, the company has produced a wide variety of shows across the Triangle area….”

The company’s past productions include (in chronological order):

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare (August 2005 at Common Ground Theater), directed by Lucius Robinson.

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare (July 2006 at the Chatham Mills Complex), directed by Lucius Robinson.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (August 2006 at the Forest Theater at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), directed by Noah Putterman.

QUAD by Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, and Vladimir Nabokov (October 2006 at Common Ground Theatre), directed by Lucius Robinson.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask (June 2007 at the N.C. Theater Studio), directed by Noah Putterman.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance (July 2007 at Common Ground Theatre), directed by Lucius Robinson.

The Stonewater Rapture by Doug Wright (July 2007 at Manbites Dog Theater), directed by Jay O’Berski.

Happy New Years from Hell from the Grand Guignol Theatre of Paris (January 2008 at DSI Comedy Theater), directed by Ryan Millager, Kristin Parker, Elizabeth Phillips, and Lucius Robinson.

Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe (March 2008 at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School), directed by Kathryn LeTrent.

Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard (October 2008 at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School), directed by Sylvia M. Mallory.

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Kathryn LeTrent (March 2009 at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School), directed by Kathryn LeTrent.

Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (April 2010 at the Forest Theater at UNC-Chapel Hill), directed by Jaki Bradley and Lucius Robinson.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (September 2010, co-produced with Bare Theatre of Raleigh, at Common Ground Theater and the Sertoma Amphitheater), directed by Lucius Robinson.

Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel (September 2011 at Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School), directed by Kathryn LeTrent.

The Delta Boys Theater Company presents TITUS ANDRONICUS at 8 p.m. March 1-3 and 8-10 in the Cordoba Center for the Arts, 923 Franklin St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $15 ($10 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel).

BOX OFFICE: http://andronicus.weebly.com/reserve-tickets.html.

INFORMATION: 214-794-3768 or deltaboystheater@gmail.com.

SHOW/PRESENTER: http://andronicus.weebly.com/.

VIDEO PREVIEW (by Nick Karner): http://vimeo.com/37446027.

STUDY GUIDE: http://www.bard.org/education/studyguides/titus/andronicus.html (Utah Shakespeare Festival).

VENUE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cordoba-Center-for-the-Arts/311019882263868.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.bing.com/maps/.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titus_Andronicus (Wikipedia).

The Script (e-text): http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/plays/Tit.html (Internet Shakespeare Editions, compiled by the University of Victoria, BC, Canada).

The Playwright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare (Wikipedia).

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