Violence, revenge and a dose of Jane Austen highlight the 2012-13 season from Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
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"Spartacus."Indeed, the Shakespeare Theater's season brochure warns that "older teenagers, as well as some adults," may find the graphic scenes of violence and the play's explicit sexual content disturbing."
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 William Shakespeare (Abridged)" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Three actors romp through snippets and references of Shakespeare's 37 comedies, histories and tragedies.
Things turn much more serious with the season's second play, "Race" by David Mamet, best known for writingPulitzer Prize-winning"Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Speed-the-Plow."
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 Christmas Carol"gets the spoof treatment in "The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol.'" As the longwinded title indicates, the show is a play-within-a-play in which an amateur theater troupe bumbles its way through the tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.
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"Cinderella"(June 21-July 29), "A Year With Frog and Toad" (Oct. 18-Nov. 17) and "Miss Nelson Has a Field Day" (April 4-May 5, 2013).
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
• Titus Andronicus: March 27-April 28
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