Gale Edwards directs the production, which officially opens April 9 and stars Sam Tsoutsouvas, Lynnda Ferguson, Alex Podulke, William Langan and Colleen Delany.
According to press notes, "Written at the beginning of Shakespeare's career, Titus Andronicus reinvents the revenge tragedies popular in Shakespeare's day, providing scenes of deep humanity alongside the scenes of revenge."
In the play, after returning from fighting the Goths, the Roman general Titus sacrifices one of the Goth princes and "then supports the tyrannical Saturninus over his virtuous brother, Bassianus, as emperor. Together, these two events set in motion the play's cycle of violence and revenge," according to press notes.
The creative team includes the set designer Peter England, the lighting designer Mark McCullough, the costume designer Murell Horton and the music and sound designer Martin Desjardins.
The production is the theatre's second offering in "Shakespeare In Washington," a festival lasting from January through June involving more than 60 arts organizations and spearheaded by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser and Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn. The festival coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is currently presenting Kahn's production of Richard III.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is located in Washington, DC, at 450 7th Street NW, between D and E streets, just off Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Capitol and the White House. For tickets and more information call (202) 547-1122 (toll free at 877-487-8849) or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.