The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt
Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" tells the story of Katherina Minola, a fiercely independent young woman held in captivity by her father until a husband can be secured. Enter Petruchio, a man who has come to town to wive it wealthily. He is enticed by Katherinas dowry and inspired by the challenge of taming a woman who is, by all accounts, a shrew.
This play has been a hotbed of controversy for its nearly 450 years of production history. There has arisen a collective desire to prove that Shakespeare must have written the play in jest, rather than as a moralistic tale intended to put women in their place.
No matter the original intention, The *Annotated* Taming takes a look at the play in the context of the contemporary political and cultural landscape, most specifically as it relates to the treatment of women. It also brings to the script a brand-new character, the radical annotator The Librarian, as well as songs written by Western Massachusetts-based duo Old Flame.
This event features live music by Old Flame, followed by a reading of the adaptation featuring the following cast:
Librarian - Kate Hare
Katherina - Ellen Morbyrne
Bianca - Julissa Rodriguez
Curtis - Lisa Abend*
Widow - Emma Ayres
Petruchio - Dan Morbyrne
Lucentio - Julian Findlay
Hortensio - Michael Schurter
Tranio - Michael Greehan
Grumio - Emily Tanch
Baptista, Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.
*member, Actor's Equity Association
Check out music by Old Flame here! https://oldflame.bandcamp.com/
Northampton Center for the Arts (View)
33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060
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