The Taming of the Shrew
By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Robin Rightmyer
A Hamlet Isn't Dead Production
Shakespeare's second play The Taming of the Shrew is fraught with controversy, contention, humor and sexual tension. It remains a popular and relevant play due to its unconventional and often irreverent dueling sweethearts, Kate and Petruchio. Whether it be the relationship between father and daughter, a man and his childhood friend, or husband and wife, The Taming of the Shrew highlights the diverse ways in which we express deep love. Hamlet Isn't Dead's Christmas production is a funny, festive and brassy celebration of love set in the season when we are meant to cherish our loved ones the most.
The 133rd Street Arts Center is self-described as a venue "built with the artist in mind." We happen to agree with it -- the Lab theater space that we are using for The Taming of the Shrew is a lofty gallery space that can be adapted to fit any situation (which is good -- Hamlet Isn't Dead likes unconventional theater spaces). It is perfectly situated to provide the inclusivity that we like to bring to our Shakespearean performances.
We will be presenting a total of eight performances:
- Friday, December 13 @ 8:00PM
- Saturday, December 14 @ 8:00PM
- Sunday, December 15 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM
- Friday, December 20 @ 8:00PM
- Saturday, December 21 @ 8:00PM
- Sunday, December 22 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM
The tickets for the performances (assuming you want more than the two you get from pledging at $60!) can be purchased HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500974
Our auditions are coming up! If you're a New York based actor and fancy being involved, email your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're auditioning on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3. Shortly thereafter, we'll update this space with information on the cast!
For more updates and entertainment, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/hamletisntdead.
Risks and challenges
In any artistic endeavor there is always the risk of unforeseen, uncontrollable circumstances. For example, in our previous production "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (set in an art gallery), by our second weekend we found ourselves surrounded by more depictions of adult relationships than you could shake a stick at. With some creative re-blocking and a strategically placed potted plant, we managed to cover up most of the deeper wrinkles.
While this production's challenges may not be so bare bones, we are confident that after that, we can take anything.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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