The Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
Performances: Wed., Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 9, 1 & 7 p.m., Fri., Aug. 10, 10 a.m., Sun., Aug. 12, 1 & 6:30 p.m.
Experience Shakespeare’s classic romantic battle in this fast-moving, roller-coaster adventure that explores the relationship between Petruchio, a penniless adventurer and the strong-willed Katerina as they match wits in one of the zaniest courtships of all time. Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a nasty shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio’s attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina’s scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. The plot thickens as Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, Gremio, agree to cover Petruchio’s costs as he pursues Katharina, so they will be free to court Bianca. A hilarious tale of love, romance, deception and intrigue ensues. Don’t miss a chance to explore one of the great comedies in theatrical history.