The Taming of the Shrew

46th Annual Shakespeare-in-the-Parks opens July 11th

Taming of the Shrew is a play that has long ago been relegated to an unflattering position in Shakespeare’s canon. In production, the show seems to be either an exercise in misogyny or a sexual innuendo-laden romp between two detestable personages. But when was the last time you sat down and read the text of the play? I hadn’t since high school and then when I began to dig into it I found a very different story then what I was expecting. I believe that the story of Taming of the Shrew is a story of two outsiders (Kate and Petruchio) who have grown up in an industrialized society where one is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for them. While rejecting the mores of this world these two people must find a way to care for one another and create a new set of rules to live by.

It is a beautiful story that will be hilariously told by an amazingly talented group of actors. I hope that audiences come and experience a play that has been misconstrued for far too long. Come enjoy the wit, the hilarious characterizations, and most importantly, the love that can develop when it is given the chance to grow.

Patrick Walsh, Director

All performances are free to the public, and depend greatly upon free-will audience donations. Runs July 11 – Labor Day at various locations.  Specific show dates and times are on the calendar now.

Cast and Crew:
Kate – Melissa Whitney
Petruchio – Sam Levi
Lucentio – Seth Rue
Bianca – Katie Mortemore
Tranio – Brian Burger
Grumio – Nikolas Horaites
Hortensio – Shaun Hennessy
Gremio – Ross Laguzza
Ensemble – Emilie Landman
Baptista – Jonas Israel

Director – Patrick Walsh
Stage Manager – Kristi Bogart
Costumer – Melissa Heller
Violence Designer – Kristen Mun

Photo by Gary Norman