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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joel Sass
June 1-26

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For the first time in our 38-year history, Cal Shakes presents Titus Andronicus, the young Shakespeare’s virtuosic spin on the revenge tragedies popular in his day. Associate Artist James Carpenter will play the title character; Joel Sass (Pericles, Macbeth) will return to direct. “It’s about a society torn apart, and how its citizens attempt to knit themselves together again,” says Sass. “Titus is one of Shakespeare’s oldest plays, but it is undeniably a play for our time: a sophisticated blend of heart-stopping drama and pitch black humor.”

The total running time for our production of Titus Andronicus is two hours and 55 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains scenes of graphic violence and is recommended for mature audiences.

James Carpenter, actor (Titus):
“Titus seems a man who has lived ‘by the book’ most of his life—he has a sense of order of the way life should be led, both militarily and at home; when this sense of order is displaced by chaos, by injustice, by random brutality rather than that measured brutality in which his military self resides, he finds himself emotionally at sea with no stars to guide him.”
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Videos | Podcast | Photos | Program Articles


Check out the video trailer for Joel Sass' thrilling, critically-acclaimed production.

grove talk podcast philippa kellyPodcast
Listen to a podcast of an illuminating pre-performance Titus Andronicus Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Listen to the podcast on the Cal Shakes blog
Download the podcast for free on itunes

Program Articles
Titus Andronicus Program - Cal Shakes

Download the complete set of dramaturgical articles.

Download the synopsis only.

In The Name of Justice & Revenge:
Titus’ World of Violence,
By Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly

MOOR than Meets the EYE:

Racial Difference and Politics in Elizabethan England

By Contributing Dramaturg Laura Hope

A Synopsis
—Spoiler Alert!—of Titus Andronicus
By resident dramaturg Philippa Kelly


Performance Photos

Costume sketch by Paloma H. Young for TITUS ANDRONICUS.


Cast & Creative Team

Creative Team
Joel Sass Director
Emily Greene Set Designer
Paloma Young Costume Designer
Russell Champa Lighting Designer
Andre Pluess Sound Designer
Dave Maier Fight Director
MaryBeth Cavanaugh Choreographer
Philippa Kelly Dramaturg
Lynne Soffer Vocal/Text Coach
Laxmi Kumaran* Stage Manager
Peter Royston* Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Nagelvoort Assistant Director
Masha Tsimring Assistant Lighting Designer
Dallas Kane Production Assistant

James Carpenter* Titus Andronicus
Anna Bullard* Lavinia
Rob Campbell* Saturninus
Chad Deverman* Demetrius
Shawn Hamilton* Aaron
Dan Hiatt* Marcus
Delia MacDougall* Quintus, Nurse, Valentine, Goth
David Mendelsohn* Chiron
Nicholas Pelczar* Lucius, Clown
Stacy Ross* Tamora
Liam Vincent* Bassianus, Publius, Goth
Caleb Alexander Young Lucius
Galen Murphy-Hoffman Martius, Aemilius
Jody Christian Ensemble
Willem Long Ensemble
Geoffrey Nolan Ensemble
Paris Hunter Paul Ensemble
Valerie Wagenfeld Ensemble

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.


"A gore fest that should have an intense appeal to Bay area fans of slasher movies."
—The Huffington Post

"Under the baton of Joel Sass, in Cal Shakes' rendering of Shakespeare's masterpiece, the human reasons for vengeful acts are masterfully revealed."
—San Francisco Bay Times

"It's one doozy of a revenge story, and the cast is game for all of it"
– SF Weekly

"A terrific production"
San Francisco Chronicle

"Watching (James) Carpenter and (Stacy) Ross go head to head is always a pleasure."Contra Costa Times

“A rare and surprisingly potent staging—SF Examiner

Cal Shakes’ Titus Andronicus is a bloody good show” The Daily Californian

Not-So-Saturnine SaturninusEast Bay Express


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