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Hilarious Battle of the Sexes
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opens March
Favorite to be set in Alaska and Hawaii!
(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 www.asf.net or at the ASF box office
located at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount
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
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
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.