The Taming
of the Shrew

September 16

November 12, 2017

CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Barbara Gaines
additional dialogue by Ron West


The Play

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, partnering with longtime Second City writer Ron West, who provides additional dialogue to set the scene.  The year is 1919, and, amidst suffrage marches in Chicago, a women’s theater troupe is convening to rehearse their upcoming comedy: The Taming of the Shrew. Each actress in the all-woman ensemble cast performs dual roles: as one of the suffragettes presenting the play, and as a character in their performance of the play. Politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style as the women fight through adversity to present their own perspective on Katherine and Petruchio’s courtship.


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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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Access Program

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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Ron West Additional Dialogue

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

Rinska Carrasco Assistant Director


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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