We had ups and downs as we worked to put up this production of Titus Andronicus, and small audiences were our bane for many--if not all--performances--but now on the morning after closing I already miss speaking those lines from downstage center. The plot is ridiculous but the arias of grief are frequently stunning. I love the images and the sounds and the emotional ride. Titus is proud, cold, hot, heart-broken, furious, mad, cagey, resolved, charming, crass, and not least, funny. Playing him will have warmed me up for the chances I hope to get to play Richard III, Leontes, Iago, and Lear.
I will also miss this particular cast. Everyone was warm-hearted and worked with joy. I ask for no more.