Titus Tompkins is an NYC based actor and musician, proud to make his debut with Hunger & Thirst at Capital Fringe. He graduated with his MFA in theatre performance from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, performing in Sophocles' Elektra, A Christmas Carol, and Arcadia. He composed/performed for Three Day Hangover's Romeo and Juliet: Star-Cross'd Death Match (NYC) and continues to perform music for The Rusty Guns, The Good Morning Nags (co-founder), and The Lost Cats. You can find him regularly in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, Hill and Dale, and Santos Anne when he isn't on stage or in the studio.
Roger Brooke Taney (1777-1864) was Francis’ brother-in-law, and a historical figure in his own right. Though primarily a lawyer, he was far more politically active than Francis, and was eventually appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1836. He is mostly known for the infamous Dred Scott decision, in which he decided against a slave suing for his freedom. Roger, who was virulently pro-slavery, based his decision on the grounds that slaves were inferior beings that could not be considered citizens even if they obtained their freedom. In his court opinion, he wrote that “the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.” The case went down in history as one of the major events that led to the Civil War. In the end, he lived to see his cause defeated, dying on the same day his home state of Maryland abolished slavery.