South Stage – Andronicus
In the summer of 2019, the Elite hosted a table-read of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, adapted by Bill Walthall, and presented as an (almost-)ALL-female show. After this successful table-read, we will now mount a full production.
The concept of the production:
A virus kills nearly half of the world’s population, indiscriminate of race and age, but ultimately wiping out eighty percent of the male populace. As female victims fall soon after contagion, male nationalists rise to power across the globe. Conflict embroils the world, becoming brutally tribal. Modern weaponry quickly destroys the power and communication infrastructures, plunging humanity literally into a new Dark Age within months. THEN the virus takes its toll on the male populace; its victims become symptomatic and succumb after a year of incubation.
Time passes and modern weaponry runs out, giving way to older, more brutal warfare. Tribes with the strongest warrior women and most procreative men expand into city-states. In a reborn Roman Empire, the aging male Emperor dies, leaving a power vacuum. The Emperor’s two sons vie for rule, as the Senate votes to place the mantle of power onto the shoulders of Rome’s greatest general. Newly victorious after a decade-long war with the Goths, she returns with both war’s spoils–including the enemy’s queen and her three children–and evidence of its destruction–the remains of four more of her own warrior children.
The Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard is thrilled to announce the (almost) all-female cast for ANDRONICUS, running in December on the South Stage:
- Sindy L McKay-Swerdlove (Tita)
- Alyssa Carmen (Tamora)
- Ashley Maimes (Lavinia)
- Lindsay Styler (Lucia)
- Theresa Secor (Marcus)
- Susanna R. A. Miller (Saturninus)
- Genesis Perez (Chiron)
- Shelby Dickinson (Demetrius)
- Danna Ramirez (Young Lucia, Mutius, Ensemble)
- Sharon Reinhold (Aemilius, Nurse, Bassianus, Alarbus, Ensemble)
- Emily Redman Hall (Quintus, Goth 1, Ensemble)
- Sophia Trese (Martia, Goth 2, Messenger, Ensemble)
- Stan McConnell (Aaron)
The play is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, adapted and directed by Bill Walthall.
Set after an apocalyptic pandemic has wiped out three-quarters of the male populace, this interpretation pits two warrior mothers against one another, locked into an ever-building cycle of revenge and violence, and leading to the inevitable conclusion that vengeance rots us all.
A nine-performance run is scheduled from Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 19, with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm, and a special Thursday night show on December 16 at 8pm. NOTE: due to Channel Islands Harbor’s annual Parade of Lights, there is no performance on Saturday, December 11.