You might know them from ShakesBEER, the Bard-acious pub crawl luring literature (and hops) lovers into hearty fellowship. Now it’s time for the New York Shakespeare Exchange’s annual mainstage production — and artistic director Ross Williams is tackling a doozy. In Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare explores what it could take to end imperial rule. Popular elections? Bloodshed? Total tragedy leaving a trail of bodies and destruction all over the stage? All of the above? This early drama — Shakespeare’s most violent and sensational — is notoriously tough to pull off. Williams’s enterprising ensemble promises to bring it all the way home to 2015 America with contemporary twists, which means that anything can happen onstage, and probably will.
Jan. 26-Feb. 8, 8:30 p.m., 2015