Presented by The Cooperage Project Led by Dr. Robert Dugan Donations collected at the door. Enjoy a summer evening at The Cooperage enjoying a screening of Titus Andronicus. Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593, probably in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, and is often seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were extremely popular with audiences throughout the 16th century. Dr. Robert Dugan will introduce the play with a brief background and orientation. “Shakespeare is fun,” he says, “and profound because the plays are so resilient and adaptable. There are no definitive or final versions, so they remain alive and relevant.” For centuries there have been countless different interpretations of the plays. They are constantly revealing themselves in light of new perspectives and varied settings, from the Victorian Era to the twenty first century. “You can do anything to Shakespeare,” Dr. Dugan says, “except change the words. Once you alter the language, it is no longer Shakespeare.” After the screening, there will be an opportunity for impressions and sharing.