The Taming
of the Shrew

September 16

November 12, 2017

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
conceived & directed by Barbara Gaines
Columbia Women’s Club scenes by Ron West

A blast…not only intelligent but exuberantly theatrical

Chicago Tribune

High-driving energy and a playful sense of sisterhood… the cast of 13 women is top hat

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Before they had the vote, they had a voice. Renowned for her thoroughly original and theatrical approach to Shakespeare, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines now brings audiences a witty, thought-provoking debate on power, politics, and love. The year is 1919. Amidst suffrage marches, members of a Chicago women’s club convene to rehearse their upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. Along the way, they both perform Shakespeare’s play and re-examine the characters’ status in society—as well as their own. Longtime Second City writer Ron West has penned additional dialogue to help set the scene in the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, as the women fight through adversity to present their own perspective on Katherine and Petruchio’s raucous courtship.



Video: The Taming of the Shrew Trailer

Video: Spotlight: Crystal Lucas-Perry

Gallery: On Stage: The Taming of the Shrew


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Critical Acclaim

"Barbara Gaines and writer Ron West have come up with an inspired solution to Shakespeare’s comedy about the war between the sexes."
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A Conversation with the Director

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines talks about why now is the right time to revisit the Shrew.
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About the Director

The award-winning director of more than 30 of Shakespeare's plays, Gaines strives to make his great works accessible to Chicago and the world.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Ron West Writer, Columbia Women's Club Scenes

Kevin Depinet Scenic Designer

Susan E. Mickey Costume Designer

Thomas Hase Lighting Designer

David Van Tieghem Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig & Make-Up Designer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Nancy Piccione New York Casting


E. Faye Butler Baptista / Dr. Fannie Emmanuel

Lillian Castillo Biondello / Mrs. Lucinda James

Tina Gluschenko Hortensio / Mrs. Beatrice Ivey Welles

Cindy Gold Vincentio / Mrs. Sarah Willoughby

Alexandra Henrikson Katherine / Mrs. Louise Harrison

Ann James Pedant / Mrs. Elizabeth Nicewander

Heidi Kettenring Tranio / Mrs. Dorothy Mercer

Crystal Lucas-Perry Petruchio / Mrs. Victoria Van Dyne

Rita Rehn Grumio / Widow / Mrs. Mildred Sherman

Hollis Resnik Gremio / Miss Judith Smith

Faith Servant Curtis / Mrs. Barbara Starkey

Kate Marie Smith Lucentio / Mrs. Olivia Twist

Olivia Washington Bianca / Mrs. Emily Ingersoll

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