Shakespeare’s Hilarious Battle of the Sexes THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens March 14, 2014

February 21, 2014


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Shakespeare’s Hilarious Battle of the Sexes  

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens March 14, 2014 

Shakespeare Favorite to be set in Alaska and Hawaii!  

MONTGOMERY, AL (Feb. 21, 2014) Loose objects and sparks fly in William Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, opening at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival March 14 at 7:30 p.m. The show will run until March 30 with additional performances May 16 and 24. Tickets start at $30 and may be obtained by calling 800.841.4273, visiting online at or at the ASF box office located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park.

In the story, no man is a match for the wild-tempered and seemingly unmarriable Kate. That’s a problem because until Kate is married, her father won’t let the beautiful and desirable younger sister Bianca tie the knot with one of her many suitors. But things change when Petruchio swaggers into Kate’s life—with explosive results. Adding to the fun is The Taming of the Shrew will be set in Hawaii and Alaska in 1959.

The couple on a collision course for love and laughter, Kate and Petruchio, will be played by Paula Jon DeRose and Anthony Marble. Younger sister Bianca will be performed by Jenny Strassburg.

Others in the cast include Brik Berkes (Tranio), James Bowen (Grumio), Rodney Clark (Baptista Minola), Anthony Cochrane (Vincentio), Paul Hebron (Gremio), Chris Ryan (Lucentio), Alice Sherman (Widow), Bjorn Thorstad (Hortensio) and Brian Wallace (Pedant). Rounding out the cast will be Morgan Auld (Nathaniel), Rivka Rorek (Phillipa), Christian Castro (Biondello), Brennen Gallagher (Curtis), ChristinaKing (Haberdasher), Joshua Marx (Peter) Lea McKenna-Garcia (Josephine) and Daniel Soloman (Tailor).

ASF associate artist Diana Van Fossen directs the production. Van Fossen most recently directed ASF’s To Kill A Mockingbird (2013), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012) and Much Ado About Nothing. (2012).

The artistic team also includes Jesse Dreikosen (Scenic Designer), Pamela Scofield (Costume Designer), Phil Monat (Lighting Designer) and Richelle Thompson (Sound Designer). Original music is composed by James Conely and the stage manager is Jana Lynn.

The Taming of the Shrew is one of three of Shakespeare’s plays to be produced this season at ASF. A controversial Modern English translation of Timon of Athens will have its world premiere on April 25 and ASF’s touring production of Romeo & Juliet will return to the Octagon theatre for performances on May 18, 22 and 25.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performance arts complex in the 240-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. 



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