Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus

Gary, the clown from Titus Andronicus, has been tasked to clean the Titus banquet room post slaughter.  Only he’s tired.  This is the Roman Empire after all.  He’s watched war after war, coup after coup, sequel of revenge after sequel of revenge— each one more dramatic and extreme than the last—and he’s always left to wash the aftermath.  It feels futile, or worse like enablement.  By cleaning the mess of others, is he allowing them to perpetuate their dysfunction?  And so he procrastinates, distracts, and debates his way through the play in an attempt to disrupt the cycle.  This three-character text-based play is a grotesque, an existential romp, and a political treatise about onslaught, escalation, and sequels—specifically how they relate to revenge—and who in our culture does the cleaning.

“Gary” is the first play written during Taylor Mac’s Here Arts Center playwriting residency at the Here Arts Center, via the Mellon Foundation.
3 characters, any age, ethnicity, or gender.  Their names are Gary, Janice, and Carol.
The play is the final play in Mac’s Dionysia Festival: four plays that deal in some way with the polarization of America, which will be premiered separately but eventually performed in an all-day festival mirrored after the Greek Dionysia.