The Society for the Destitute — five performers from the fringe of civilization — decide to put on a contemporary version of Titus Andronicus, but as you might predict, this is not your average night of Shakespeare. They sometimes forget their lines, say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. And as only clowns are able, they turn the tables on us, the audience, and present us with our own foibles in a way that is both hilarious and inevasible.
Written by two-time Governor General’s Award winner Colleen Murphy, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius is the second play commissioned for Rumble’s contemporary adaptation program. It premiered in November 2017 at The Cultch.