Rust Belt stages drama

Shakespeare tale graphic, controversial

The Rust Belt Theater Company, which normally focuses on new and original works, will turn to a seldom-staged play by William Shakespeare for its next production opening Friday.

“Titus Andronicus” follows the fictional story of a Roman general, Titus, who is caught in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. The result is a trail of death and dismemberment that gives the show the reputation of being Shakespeare’s most violent script.

It is rarely performed due to its graphic and controversial content.

Robert Dennick Joki will direct a cast that includes James Hain, Bernadette Lim, Kage Coven, Celena Coven, Lisa Torrence, Jeffrey Davis, America McNeil, Kim Akins, Ryan Musgrove, David Cirelli, Amanda Rudnytsky, Jack Rusk, Alivia Dawn, Janelle Yohman and David Varley III.

“Titus Andronicus” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 25 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations or more information, call 330-507-2358.