Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

The Taming of the Shrew

July 29

August 17, 2012

in neighborhoods across Chicago

by William Shakespeare
Adapted and staged by Rachel Rockwell


The Play

In summer 2012, Chicago Shakespeare Theater was pleased to launch Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: a professional production of The Taming of the Shrew, free for all, in neighborhoods across Chicago. From Portage Park to Humboldt Park and the South Shore, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Park District and The Boeing Company partnered to bring a new summertime tradition to our city’s parks. Audiences of all ages came together for a high-energy performance that features the celebrated artists of CST in a family-friendly, 75-minute Shakespeare play.

For more than twenty-five years, CST has served the City of Chicago with accessible Shakespeare productions on Navy Pier, in the schools, and across the globe. As Chicago's home for Shakespeare, we now look forward to bringing our work into the diverse neighborhoods of our great city and uniting the community through the timeless and universal themes expressed by one of the world’s greatest playwrights.



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The Players

Creative Team

Rachel Rockwell Director

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Jacqueline Firkins Costume Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Kevin O'Donnell Composer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer


Jeffrey Baumgartner Vincentio/Peter

Tiffany Yvonne Cox Bianca

Max Ganet Tranio


Eric Leonard Pedant/Widow

Kate LoConti Biondella

Robert Joseph Miller Baptista Minola

Matt Mueller Petruchio

Karack Osborn Curtis/Tailor

Ericka Ratcliff Katherina

Matthew Sherbach Hortensio

Mick Weber Gremio

Jarrod Zimmerman Lucentio

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