Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Titus Andronicus 2014: Mark Oram "Wait, WHAT!?"

Post by Titus Andronicus cast Member Mark Oram:

Wait, WHAT!?

Wait, it’s outside!?

Yes, in the tradition of our Grassroots Halloween shows, Titus Andronicus is being rehearsed and performed at the Castle Amphitheatre, a stony open-air venue nestled creepily into the hillside behind the Utah State Hospital.  Sometimes it gets cold, and yes, sometimes it snows.  But unless we get lightning, the show will go on, so dress warmly and bring a waterproof layer in case of precipitation!

Wait, you even rehearse outside!?

YES!  And let me tell you, it’s magical.  Rehearsing openly in the crisp Autumn air, while a vermillion sunset backdrop slowly fades to black, and pale blue moonlight washes the stage in a ghostly glow, one cannot help but feel connected to the forces of nature that lurk in the language of Titus Andronicus.  This show is a wild ride through the wilderness in each of us, and I can’t imagine a better place to bring it to life.  Grab yourself some groundling(Yard) tickets and come immerse yourself in a truly unique experience, created entirely by our company of actors!

Wait, you don’t have a director!?

Correct, we rehearse without a director.  Instead of having a single mind with a single concept of the play, we work collaboratively, an ensemble of equally-invested actors working together to build each moment of the story.  We are a company of multi-disciplinary artists, and we believe that the collision of multiple perspectives can be a crucible for the creation of magic.

Wait, what's the point of producing such a bloody, violent, scary play!?

Yes, Titus Andronicus is gruesome and disturbing.  It’s also funny and engrossing, and deeply moving.  Be prepared for horror and gore, but more importantly, be prepared to talk with your friends after the show about how this play criticizes elements of our own culture, such as misogyny, xenophobia, violence, and the thin veneer of order that veils our collective lust for power, revenge, and dominance.  And if you have any insights you want to share, head over to our Facebook page!  We’d love to know if our production has sparked a thoughtful conversation or two.

About Mark Oram:
Mark will be playing Titus in Titus Andronicus

Mark Oram is an English, Theatre, and Shakespeare teacher at Corner Canyon High School, and Co-Founder of the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. He has an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, where he studied voice, movement, text, and directing at the Globe Theatre. Mark has performed with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Sundance Summer Theatre, BYU Young Company Shakespeare Troupe, Hale Center Theatre Orem, and Grassroots Shakespeare London.

Titus Andronicus performs at the Castle Amphitheater in Provo Utah from Oct 17th-November 1st 2014. Tickets and Details HERE

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