Not the Exception But the Rule
The only historian capable of fanning the spark of hope in the past is the one who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he is victorious. And this enemy has never ceased to be victorious. —WALTER BENJAMIN
Titus Andronicus does not explain what justifies violence. It merely shows what violence does—to the victim, to the witness, to the perpetrator. How does violence act on the body? How does violence expand the imagination beyond the borders of what was once thought “unthinkable”? This play does not answer the why, but exhaustively examines the bodily what of murder, rape, statecraft, and revenge. Ancient Rome was a civilization built on genocidal violence. The Romans razed the factions of their enemies, took whole cities of men, women, and children as slaves, marched them naked back to Rome and drove them, by scourge and at sword point, through the streets. That’s nothing old and nothing new. But let us imagine that the bloodied hands of the oppressed could seize power by the throat—what next? After what they have seen, what will they be capable of imagining? Can you ever build a just society out of an act of violence? Or perhaps it is better to ask: Of what are the betrayed incapable? These days it seems no two people crying out for justice mean quite the same thing. —ARIEL SIBERT, PRODUCTION DRAMATURG
Thursday, March 30 at 4PM Friday, March 31 at 4PM and 8PM Saturday, April 1 at 4PM Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street
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MARCH 30–APRIL 1, 2017 YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA James Bundy, Dean Victoria Nolan, Deputy Dean Joan Channick, Associate Dean Chantal Rodriguez, Assistant Dean
TITUS ANDRONICUS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE By
Assistant Costume Designer MIKA H. EUBANKS
Associate Managing Director FLO LOW
in alphabetical order
Scenic Designer AO LI Costume Designer CLAIRE DeLISO Lighting Designer CAROLINA ORTIZ HERRERA Sound Designer CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART
Chiron, Martius, Goth BEN ANDERSON Marcus, Goth LAUREN E. BANKS
Assistant Lighting Designer ERIN EARLE FLEMING
Tamora MARIÉ BOTHA
Assistant Sound Designer and Engineer HALEY WOLF
Production Dramaturg ARIEL SIBERT
Bassanius, Young Lucius, Aemilius, Other Kinsmen, Servant PATRICK FOLEY
Stage Manager ABBY GANDY
Lucius Andronicus BARBARO GUZMAN Aaron SEAN BOYCE JOHNSON Demetrius, Quintus, Goth, Servant JAKE RYAN LOZANO Saturninus PATRICK MADDEN Lavinia, Alarbus, Nurse, Clown ELIZABETH STAHLMANN Titus Andronicus SETAREKI WAINIQOLO
Assistant Managing Director SYLVIA XIAOMENG ZHANG Management Assistants LISA D. RICHARDSON LEANDRO A. ZANETI House Manager MELISSA ROSE
Associate Production Manager KELLY PURSLEY Technical Director BRYANNA KIM Assistant Technical Director BRIAN PACELLI Master Electrician WEI-HSUAN WANG Supervisor Stage Manager BENJAMIN EDWARD CRAMER PFISTER Crew ERIN EARLE FLEMING JENNA HEO RAE POWELL KATHY RUVUNA
Yale School of Drama productions are supported by the work of more than 200 faculty and staff members throughout the year.
SPECIAL THANKS Ravi Rakkulchon TITUS ANDRONICUS IS PERFORMED WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION.
PHOTO © JOHNNY MORENO 2017.
TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare. Yale School of Drama, 2017.