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Read "Titus Andronicus"

Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.

In late imperial Rome, political ambition, lust and a war of conquest lead to brutal acts of violence that set off a dizzying downward cycle of vengeance. Early on, the captive queen of the Goths, Tamora, pleads with the Roman conqueror Titus Andronicus for the life of her son, who is a prisoner of war:

Andronicus, stain not thy tomb with blood.
Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them then in being merciful.

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

But if that is so, there is no nobility in this play. Her son is sacrificed, and so is any hope of mercy thereafter, as Tamora, her sons, and her lover Aaron plot revenge, and retaliation is taken on them in turn. There are touching speeches of grief (Titus, unhinged by the violent fate of his children, mourns even a fly), followed by vicious acts of vengeance. The story becomes a maelstrom of blood: murder, rape, dismemberment, and cannibalism.

These words are razors to my wounded heart.

You have been warned.

LOCATION & LOGISTICS: We're going to try meeting a half-hour later again, at 1:30. Our tour of Seattle's libraries continues - we'll meet at the Beacon HIll Branch of Seattle Public Library at 2821 Beacon Avenue S., in the meeting room. (This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library.) See here for directions: http://www.spl.org/locations/beacon-hill-branch/bea-getting-to-the-branch. Link Light Rail (Beacon Hill Station) and Metro buses 36 & 60 serve this branch, and there is a parking lot on the west side of the library.

We can bring food into the meeting room as long as we clean up afterwards. This is a medium-to-short length play. Allow for distributing parts, taking an intermission and optional discussion at the end.

Bring a copy of the text if you have one, but if you don't, don't worry - we can share. It's not necessary to read the play before hand, but it's helpful to be familiar with the plot

Once again, I don't have a synopsis written - but you could easily Google one if you like. or try here (a very useful site): http://shakespeareswords.com/Play-Synopse.aspx?IdPlay=20

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  • Barbara

    Fun, good group.

    December 2, 2012

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