Violence, revenge and a dose of
The theater company announced its scheduled Wednesday evening during a presentation at its home base, the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando's Loch Haven Park.
The two Shakespeare works in the six-show mainstage season, called the "Signature Series," are "Titus Andronicus" and "Othello."
"Titus Andronicus," is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy — and is a bloody, violent story of brutal revenge. Modern-day audiences might think of such blood-spattered entertainment as the film "The 300" or cable TV's
The better-known "Othello" also deals with revenge, along with issues of race and betrayal, as a celebrated general's lieutenant, Iago, secretly plots vengeance against his supposed friend.
As has become the Shakespeare Theater's custom, "Othello" will be performed in repertory; this season's coproduction will be an adaptation of Austen's classic "Sense and Sensibility."
As with last season's successful staging of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Jon Jory has created a theatrical version of the novel about the rocky road the Dashwood sisters travel to find true love.
The season will open in September with a comedy, "The Complete Works of
Things turn much more serious with the season's second play, "Race" by
In "Race," which played on Broadway in 2009-10, Mamet tells the story of three attorneys, two black and one white, who represent a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a young black woman.
In December, Dickens'
A new Studio Series will present two shows in the center's small Mandell Theater. "The Exit Interview," a dark comedy, from Sept. 27-Oct. 21; and "The Odyssey," a one-man re-imagining of Homer's famous tale, which runs Feb. 14-March 17, 2013.
The Theater for Young Audiences program will present
There are all sorts of season subscriptions and passes for the various series. Prices vary, but all subscriptions offer savings when compared to buying tickets for individual shows. For subscription information, call 407-447-1700 or go to OrlandoShakes.org.
• The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Sept. 12-Oct. 7
• Race: Oct. 10-Nov. 11
• The Farndale Avenue … Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol': Nov. 28-Dec. 30
• Othello: Jan. 23-March 16, 2013
• Sense and Sensibility: Feb. 6-March 17