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 re-examines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of the sexes." On the eve of the passing of of the 19th Amendment in 1919, a band of Suffragettes embarks on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Framed with additional text by Ron West, longtime performer and writer at Second City, this new interpretation features an all-woman cast to explore one of the Bard's most delightfully controversial comedies. Shakespeare's men are seen through the eyes of women, as sexual politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style.


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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

CST looks to provide the best possible seats and service to make our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons.
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Free Enrichment Programs

This free series of audience enrichment programs offers introductory and in-depth studies of ideas embodied in the play.
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