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ith the Great American Eclipse descending upon us this weekend, many of us dread going out into the world for fear of traffic and general chaos. Have no fear! The best place to escape the eclipse crowds and still not forfeit your right to culture and entertainment can be found in the heart of Drake Park—which many can access via biking, walking or taking the bus. This year, Shakespeare in the Park brings "Titus Andronicus" to the park, starring none other than Joseph Marcell. Those familiar with the Shakespeare scene around the globe will recognize this talented actor from his breadth of Shakespeare experience, while those of us familiar with American pop culture know him best as Geoffrey from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

With most of the eclipse crowds flocking to Big Prairie Summit and locales close to Madras, those staying in Bend have the opportunity to see the cast of Portland's Northwest Classical Theatre Company take the stage to perform this Shakespearean tragedy.

Not familiar with the story? Here's a quick rundown: Titus, a Roman general, returns home after 40 years at war against the Goths. Titus executes the eldest son of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, which sets off a long chain of revenge, cruelty and murder. This becomes even more aggravated when she marries the new Emperor, Saturninus.

You'll be on the edge of your seat watching this exciting tragedy unfold. Clearly, this will be the best place outside of hiding in the darkness of your own home to escape the eclipse crowds in Bend.

Shakespeare in the Park

Fri. Aug. 18 & Sat. Aug. 19, 7pm

Drake Park

777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend

Tickets at BendTicket.com