Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare’s First Tragedy

Shakespeare, speaking through his title character, asserts that “Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.” He wasn’t kidding. In Titus Andronicus, the first of his tragedies and first in a series of plays based on Roman history, Shakespeare examines a number of themes he would return to as his art developed. Mr. Jordan will show us how Shakespeare sought to emulate not only Seneca and Ovid in this bloodthirsty drama but also to pay tribute to Marlowe and Kyd, his contemporary rivals, both of whom used themes of violence and bloody revenge popular with the audiences of the day. Are we 21st century OLLIites up for all this? Let’s give it a try.
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Mark Jordan
Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus
4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord
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Tuesdays, May 30; June 6, 13 & 20, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
$48 for OLLI members
$66 for non-members