Aaron's Revenger's Tragedy

Aaron’s Revenger’s Tragedy: A Feast of Blood
© 2019 By Patrick Thomas McCarthy ptmc

Cast: 8 Men 3 or 4 Woman
Synopsis
Mashing up Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy and the “Penny Dreadful” String of Pearls a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, to provide enough vengeance, mayhem and bloodshed to fill a banquet hall of horror. Aaron becomes the central...
Aaron’s Revenger’s Tragedy: A Feast of Blood
© 2019 By Patrick Thomas McCarthy ptmc

Cast: 8 Men 3 or 4 Woman
Synopsis
Mashing up Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy and the “Penny Dreadful” String of Pearls a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, to provide enough vengeance, mayhem and bloodshed to fill a banquet hall of horror. Aaron becomes the central character in this barbaric tripleheader, gaining his freedom, his vengeance & child’s legacy on the bloody way.

Traditionally, Todd, now Titus Todd, is a barber who dispatches his victims by pulling a lever as they sit in his barber chair. His victims fall backward down a revolving trap door into the basement of his shop, generally causing them to break their necks or skulls. In case they are alive, Todd goes to the basement and "polishes them off" (slitting their throats with his straight razor). Mrs. Tamara Gothic Dread, his partner in crime, assists him in disposing of the bodies by baking their flesh into meat pies and selling them to the unsuspecting customers of her pie shop.

Running Time Estimated 110 minutes + Intermission (70 pages publishing format, 12 pt type)
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Aaron's Revenger's Tragedy

Character Information

  • Mr. Titus Todd – barber of Fleet St, father to Lavinia, doesn't know his wife is dead
    40s-50s,
    Any (but not Black)
    ,
    Male
  • Aaron Vindice Hannibal – "indentured servant", slave to Mrs. Dread, African descent
    30s 40s 50s,
    Black African
    ,
    Male
    Aaron Vindice Hannibal – "indentured servant", slave to Mrs. Dread, African descent, British speaker
  • Mrs. Tamara Gothique Dread – piemaker of Fleet St, mother to Demitri/Spurio
    40s-50s,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Female
    Mrs. Tamara Gothique Dread – piemaker of Fleet St, mother to Demitri/Spurio, mother to Aaron's black child
  • Master Spurio Dread – 17 years old, son to Mrs. Gothique Dread
    17,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Male
    Master Spurio Dread – 17 years old, son to Mrs. Gothique Dread
  • Master Demitri Dread – 18 years old, son to Mrs. Gothique Dread
    18,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Male
    Master Demitri Dread – 18 years old, son to Mrs. Gothique Dread
  • Mr. Bassianus Ingestrie – adventurer, law student, love interest to Lavinia
    20s 30s,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Male
    Mr. Bassianus Ingestrie – adventurer, law student, love interest to Lavinia
  • Miss Lavinia Barker – 16 years old, daughter to Titus, ward to Judge Saturpin
    16,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Female
    Miss Lavinia Barker – 16 years old, daughter to Titus, ward to Judge Saturpin
  • Judge Valentine Serpentine Saturpin Judge has condemned Titus to life in prison, raped his wife, taken Titus’ daughter Lavinia as his ward, plans to marry her
    40s - 60s,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Male
    Judge has condemned Titus to life in prison, raped his wife, taken Titus’ daughter Lavinia as his ward, plans to marry her
  • Beadle Sordidos Slaughter – assists the judge, large profane man
    40s 50s 60s ,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Male
    Beadle Sordidos Slaughter – assists the judge, large profane man
  • Tobias Ragg – workhouse boy, African descent
    Teens, 20s,
    Black African
    ,
    Male
    Tobias Ragg – workhouse boy, African descent, to match Aaron and become part of his family at end of play
  • Ambitiosa Birelli – cross dresser, snake oil salesman, barber [doubles with Midwife]
    30s 40s 50s 60s,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Both Male and Female
    Ambitiosa Birelli – cross dresser, snake oil salesman, barber [could double with Midwife]
  • Midwife – delivers Tamara's and Aaron's baby [doubles with Birelli]
    30s 40s 50s 60s,
    Any (but probably white) British
    ,
    Presents Female
    Midwife – delivers Tamara's and Aaron's baby [doubles with Birelli]

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Lab, NYC with KeithHerron=TitusTodd, MaryOBrady=Tamara, ChristopherWashington=Aaron, LiamAllen=Toby, RikWalter=Judge, DavidBrown=Beadle, JennaKrasowski=Lavinia, JoelTBauer=Bassianus, JeffDavis=Demetri, BradyCudmore=Spurio. AnnePasquale=Birelli/Mid
    ,
    2019