The African American Theatrical Ensemble (AATE) is accepting submissions for its staged reading of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. Casting will include all ethnicities and artists with various physical disabilities.

Synopsis: After a long war with the Goths, Roman general Titus Andronicus returns home to find his country on the brink of civil war. Tricked by the new emperor, Titus and his family find themselves trapped in a deadly game of revenge with their new empress, Tamora, and her lover, Aaron. WhenLavinia, Titus’ only daughter, is mutilated and raped by Tamora’s sons, the ultimate vengeance is set in motion. A brutal tragicomedy, Titus Andronicus is an epic nightmare that charts the fall of a civilization into barbarity and a family’s fall into inhumanity. The story includes issues of extreme physical and sexual violence, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, and racism.

The AATE seeks intense performers who make bold choices and are willing to play with Shakespeare’s tragicomedy. Seeking artists of all ethnicities, physicalities, and disciplines, with keen attention to people with disabilities. Rehearsals may be emotionally demanding and will include one intensive with the director and two read-throughs before the staged reading.

For submission guidelines and audition information, visit www.theaate.com.

For information about Eric Quander, founder of the AATE, see Amplitude’s article “A Man of Many Talents” at www.livingwithamplitude.com/article/a-man-of-many-talents.

*Amplitude Media Group is a social media sponsor of this event.

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