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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Shana Cooper
September 21-October 16

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No suitor can win lovely Bianca ’til her older sister, “Katherine the Curst,” is married off as well. Fresh from her directorial debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Shana Cooper brings to Cal Shakes a dynamically physical reimagining of Shakespeare’s most biting romance. The final show of our 2011 season is sure to shed fresh light on courtship, gender roles, and, of course, the crackling, battling wits of Katherina and Petruchio.

RUN TIME: Two hours and 40 minutes (including one 15-minute intermission)

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Shana Cooper, director:
“Sometimes we want to distance ourselves from The Taming of the Shrew because it has the reputation of being a misogynistic play, and these are issues that we’ve supposed to have gotten over. But I think the play is more nuanced than that. It takes place in a patriarchal world but there are also women in it with great power. [Katherine and Petruchio] are just trying to sort out the difficulties of joining these two lives together, and the sacrifices you have to make in order to do that. And I think that is incredibly relevant.”

Photo by Erik Pearson.
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Listen to a podcast of an illuminating pre-performance Taming of the Shrew Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly.
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The Taming of the Shrew set model by Scott Dougan

Cast & Creative Team

Shana Cooper Director
Scott Dougan
Set Designer
Katherine O'Neill Costume Designer
York Kennedy Lighting Designer
Jake Rodriguez Sound Designer
Dave Maier Fight Director
Erika Chong Shuch Movement
Philippa Kelly Dramaturg
Nancy Carlin* Vocal/Text Coach
Corrie Bennett* Stage Manager
Laxmi Kumaran* Assistant Stage Manager
Brooke Bishop Assistant Director
Victoria Hendrix Assistant Lighting Designer
Christina Hogan Production Assistant

(In Alphabetical Order)
Dan Clegg* Tranio
Rod Gnapp* Baptista
Alexandra Henrikson* Bianca
Dan Hiatt* Grumio, Vincentio
Slate Holmgren* Petruchio
Joan Mankin* Curtis, Pedant, Widow
Nicholas Pelczar* Lucentio
Danny Scheie* Gremio, Tailor
Erica Sullivan* Katherine
Liam Vincent* Hortensio
Theo Black Biondello

*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.