War is an ever-present part of human society, but how we deal with it varies based on the smallest details. Even the victors do not come out unscathed. Mission Theatre Company sheds light on post-war life in divergent ways in its May repertory productions of Titus Andronicus and Much Ado About Nothing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.
As with many of Shakespeare’s plays, each begins at the end of a long war. In Titus, we see the giant, regimented and wealthy city of Rome on the verge of chaos. The enemy is now at the right hand of the emperor and there is still unrest among the people. Each character has spent most of their lives at war and we see conflict continue within the walls of the once great city. Neither side can fully surrender, so a tragic revenge cycle ensues between Titus and the Queen of the Goths ending in demise for all.
In Much Ado we present a home front that has been run smoothly by women and elders, who have been self-sufficient while the men away. The men return and all are affected by the war they endured. However, unlike the characters in Titus they learn to navigate a new reality in order to survive. Join us as we magnify the effects of war and how, with only a few choices, outcomes can be vastly different.
Mission Theatre Company presents these two remarkable productions with great theatricality through the use of accessible text, vibrant movement, humor, dance and original music. Audiences and critics have spoken that MTC is a company to watch!
Without a doubt, Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s most violent play. Thrust into a cycle of revenge culminating in demise for all. The story begins at the end of a great war between Rome and the Goths. Titus, a Roman general, returns home with the defeated Queen of the Goths, Tamora, and her children—one of whom is sacrificed as tribute at the hands of the Titus. As a result of this savage act, Tamora plots with her Moorish lover, Aaron, against Titus and his family. It’s an eye for an eye, in the Bard’s least performed tragedy.
Friday, May 1 | 7:30pm | Opening Night celebration
Saturday, May 2| 7:30pm
Sunday, May 3 | 2pm (post-show talk back)
Saturday, May 9 | 2pm (Pay-what-you-will)
Wednesday, May 13 | 7:30 pm
Friday, May 15 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 17 | 2pm
Thursday, May 21 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 23 | 7:30pm
Much Ado About Nothing:
The war is over and the Prince and his men have returned home for rest, relaxation and romance in this ever popular Shakespearean comedy. Two pairs of lovers are bound in holy matrimony, but there is plenty of trickery and villainy before the lovers say I DO! Pairing mistaken identity and loads of witty banter alongside the reality of post-war life and its glaring hardships this is much more than much ado about nothing.
Friday, May 8 | 7:30 pm | Opening Night celebration
Saturday, May 9 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 10 | 2pm (Post-show talk back)
Thursday, May 14 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 16 | 2:00pm (Pay-what-you-will)
Saturday, May 16 | 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 20 | 7:30 pm
Friday, May 22 | 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 23 | 2:00 pm (Pay-what-you-will)
Michael Terrell Brown
Penelope Parsons-Lord: Director
Sarah Nargang: Assistant Director
Ellen DeYoung: Stage Manager
Justin Hooper: Set Designer/Technical Director
Tony Stoeri: Lighting Designer
Joe Gamble: Soundscape Designer
Andrea Tonsfeldt: Hair/Make-up Designer
Tyler Stamm: Mask/Props Designer
Krista Weiss: Costume Manager
Anthony Michael: Choreographer/ASM
Walter Criswell & Mikaela Vogland: ASMs
Abby Wacholz: Costume Intern
Amy Abrigo: House Manager
Michael Kelley: Fight Choreographer