Based on the tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” this is typical Shakespeare – containing love, hate, betrayal, vengeance, and revenge, all served up with emotional dialogue that gives the story tension and intellectual excitement. The twist here: Like 1995’s RICHARD III, the stylized setting includes a modern take. We seem to be in Rome during the time of the great Caesars, but mixed into the brew are modern anachronisms and technical inventions such as machine guns and automobiles.
Roman general Titus Andronicus returns from a victorious battle, with prisoners Tamora, queen of the defeated Goths, and her three sons. To appease the gods and his fallen comrades, Titus executes one of the sons. This causes Tamora to harbor a bit of a grudge.
The emperor pardons Tamora and her remaining offspring, and makes her his queen. With the aid of Aaron, a satanic Moor, Tamora sets out to destroy Titus and his family.