Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus on Broadway
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Three-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin will star this season on Broadway in the world premiere of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, the new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Taylor Mac. Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, Gary is set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. In Mac's extraordinary new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. And two very lowly servants - Lane and Martin - are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It's the year 400 - but it feels like the end of the world.
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Tony Award winner Nathan Lane is the titular “Gary” in playwright Taylor Mac’s sequel to William Shakespeare’s first — and most grotesque — tragedy, “Titus Andronicus.” But Gary is not a member of the Roman army, nor is he with the enemy, the Goths. Rather, he is a lowly servant, who — along with Janice (Tony Award winner Andrea Martin) — must deal with the aftermath of their bloody battle and clean up the corpses.
Set in 400 BC, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” is told from the perspective of working-class characters, whom Mac says are traditionally brushed aside in historical dramas. And though a sequel to the dark “Titus Andronicus” seems heavy, its producer, Scott Rudin, says the comic play has “a huge, bravura part for Nathan that wants 100 percent of what he brings with him.” He adds: “I think it can be both special and surprising. It’s the definition of a one-off in every possible way.”
What To Watch For
- The production will mark the highly anticipated Broadway playwriting debut of Taylor Mac.
- Mac is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius,” and Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017.
- Mac, whose work explores “heterogeneity,” uses judy as a gender pronoun.
- Between Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin, the show’s leading duo has taken home five Tony Awards. “Gary” director George C. Wolfe has five Tony Awards of his own.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.