The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius by Colleen Murphy
The Society For The Destitute Present Titus Bouffonius presents five characters who shelter at the Society for the Destitute and who get a $500 grant from Arts Educational Outreach to put on a play. They decide to do Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus because it has the most murders, but as you might predict, this is not your average night of Shakespeare.
Shocking, outrageous and stupidly funny, the characters often forget their lines, forget what play they are in, say whatever the hell they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. And, as only clowns are able, they turn the tables on us, the audience, and present us with our own foibles in a way that is both hilarious and inevasible. With the inspired marriage of Shakespearian text like, “I plead my passions for Lavinia’s love,” and inspired contemporary dialogue like, “You merciless piss-flapping dick-weed twat-waffle slug,” and the French clown technique of bouffon.
Audaciously satirical and physical, the play is an unflinching look at war, rage and grief through characters who yearn for beauty in the grotesqueness of our world today.
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 3
“There are comedies that are black; there are comedies that are very black. And then there’s The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius: it’s riotously black. All good unwholesome fun.” — Liz Nicholls, www.12thNight.ca
“The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius is deranged, darkly funny, and perverse, but its subversiveness also serves a purpose, and it makes for an unforgettable experience.” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight
“It’s bloody, bawdy and grotesquely perverse…This may not be for everyone. You may find yourself outside of your comfort zone, but The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Buffonius is strikingly original and delivered with enough verve and “you-can’t-do-that-on-stage” style to take your breath away, while leaving you with lots to talk about after the show.” — Colin MacLean, GigCity.ca
“This show is smart. The heady mix of bouffon revelry and Shakespearean trauma is fuel for an edgy comedy, and playwright Colleen Murphy has dug deep into both worlds to concoct an experiential feast.” — Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents