Short Shakespeare!

The Taming of the Shrew

February 25

April 7, 2012

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Rachel Rockwell

A frolicking and timeless romantic comedy for today’s modern world.

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The Play

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.



Video: Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew First Rehearsal

Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew

Audio: Taming of the Shrew PreAmble by Gina Buccola- May 9, 2010


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Dramatis Personae

List of characters in The Taming of the Shrew.
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When Shakespeare Gets "Ugly": A Scholar's perspective

Scholar Regina Buccola on the "uglier" aspects of The Taming of the Shrew.
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Between The Lines: A Scholar's Perspective

Scholar Suzanne Gossett on money, class and society in The Taming of the Shrew.
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The Players

Creative Team

Rachel Rockwell Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Jacqueline Firkins Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach


Jeffrey Baumgartner Vincentio

Tiffany Yvonne Cox Bianca

Jessie Fisher Biondella

Don Forston Baptista


Alex Goodrich Tranio

Nicholas Harazin Lucentio

Eric Leonard Pedant

Terrence Mosley Grumio

Matt Mueller Petruchio

Ericka Ratcliff Katherina

Matthew Sherbach Hortensio

Mick Weber Gremio

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