The Taming of the Shrew

August 28 – October 4, 2009

Directed by Nick Minas
Music Director and Original Composition
by Ethan Deppe
by William Shakespeare
Assistant Director: Brian Hunt
Text Coach: Barbara Zahora
Stage Manager: Clare Roche
Lighting Designer: Brian Hoehne
Costume Designer: Jill van Brussel
Violence Designer: R&D Choreography

Featuring: Jenny Lamb. Jeremy van Meter. Ryan Jarosch, Cheryl Roy, Steve Gensler, Mike Oleon, Benjamin Mason, J. Preddie Predmore, Matthew Sherbach, and Mikey Vines

Man singing to woman in taming of the shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespeare comedy written between 1590 and 1594.  The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew.   Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments – the “taming” – until she is an obedient bride.

The play’s misogynic theme is politically incorrect for today’s sensibilities, but Minas turns it into a farce as commedia d’elle art and some gender-bender casting to present the play in a totally different light.