The Collective at Concordia University Chicago presents William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” adapted and directed by CUC alumna Kristin L. Schoenback. The performance will be one night only, Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m., on the Pillars lawn on the University’s campus. As live theater performances have evolved in the face of COVID-19, Concordia-Chicago students and alumni joined together to bring “Titus Andronicus” to the community safely. While the event is free, attendees must register in advance via SignUpGenius. Those who are unable to attend in person can watch the event live on YouTube: youtu.be/zH4IBGoHsls

Titus, a revered general, has returned a victor from a brutal 10-year war, having lost 21 sons in battle. Rome is ready for a new emperor to lead them into a time of peace and reconstruction. But the sting of loss and betrayal has not yet been washed away. With nations destroyed and families in pieces, insult gives way to vengeance. A series of bloody events follows as Titus and Tamora, queen of the defeated Goths, begins a cycle of revenge. “Titus Andronicus” looks at our 2021 world and examines political turmoil and the destructive passions of vengeance.

The event will follow CDC guidelines of temperature checks, socially distanced seating and provide hand-sanitizing stations throughout. Groups of up to five people can sign up together, and masks must be worn at all times. Chairs will be provided, but audience members are free to bring their own chairs or blankets. Attendees should note that the production touches on topics of rape and violence. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a brief talk-back with the cast and crew afterward. Concordia-Chicago is located at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.