Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

We Need Blood. Lots of Blood.

Hello from the Advancement Office at Orlando Shakes!

Did you know that Titus Andronicus was William Shakespeare’s first tragedy? It is also one of his most controversial.  Is it the themes of familial destruction and revenge? Is it the blood? The violence? Perhaps it’s all of the above.

T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot

In 1927, T.S. Eliot famously argued that it was “one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written, a play in which it is incredible that Shakespeare had any hand at all, a play in which the best passages would be too highly honoured by the signature of Peele.”

Some, like director Julie Taymor, believe it to be Shakespeare’s most applicable work for contemporary audiences.  While Shakespeare wrote Titus as a response to the acts of violence in his time, they are ever present in our lives today.  Taymor agrees, saying it is the most “relevant of Shakespeare’s plays for the modern era…it seems like a play written for today, it reeks of now.”

Orlando Shakes agrees with Ms. Taymor, and we would like to deliver the power and violence this play deserves. To do it right, we need blood. A LOT of stage blood.  So, we have started a Indiegogo campaign. With your help (and a few of your friends), we hope to raise enough money to use 115 gallons of stage blood over the course of 38 performances.

Here is a video to tell you more:

Please visit the campaign site to learn more about the campaign, concept and if you can’t donate please share with others!

See you at the Theater!

Jamie Mykins, Director of Donor Relations


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