The wildly spirited Kate and machismo-driven Petruchio scream, fight and woo their way into one another's heart in this 75-minute abridged production. Shakespeare's original verse and Elizabethan dress combine with rock-inspired music to connect audiences with the Bard's timeless battle of the sexes—resulting in a high-energy, entertaining introduction to Shakespeare. Following the performance, audience members are welcome to join the cast for a discussion and photo opportunities in the lobby.
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes (no intermission), plus 15 minute post-show discussion
Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
In Padua, a wealthy merchant named Baptista is resolved: his lovely Bianca will not be wed until her older sister, Katharina "the curs'd," is married off. The field of frustrated suitors for Bianca's hand is already crowded with locals like Hortensio and Gremio when Lucentio arrives in town to study at the university. But after one look at Bianca, Lucentio (like so many others before him) leaves all learning behind. How then to gain access to Baptista's treasure? Hortensio dons the robes of a music teacher. Lucentio disguises himself as a tutor, passing off his own identity to his servant Tranio.
Just when it seems as though Bianca will never be free, another suitor comes to town. His name is Petruchio, an adventurer undaunted by life's obstacles—and one determined to shore up his financial future through marriage. Katharina fits the bill.
After a stormy courtship, Petruchio manages to escort his "Kate" down the aisle, and sets out to tame his new wife. Tranio (still disguised as his master Lucentio) outbids Gremio for Bianca and manages to convince Baptista that he is the man for his daughter. But Baptista requires a guarantee from the young man's father, and so a suitable imposter must be found—and one more disguise now baffles Baptista. In the end, true identities are revealed, three marriages are celebrated, and a wager is placed as the newlyweds roll the dice on married life.
What was a girl to do (other than say, “I do”)?
Women today have a lot of choices that we take for granted, but they didn't have many options during Elizabethan times.
Composer Kevin O'Donnell and director Rachel Rockwell talk about the transformative powers of music and love.
Lords and Ladies Gaga
Artists throughout history have understood that music can have a very powerful effect on our emotions.
We asked the actors...
The cast answers the question, "have you ever changed yourself for love?" Read some of their responses.