PORTLAND SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
The Taming of the Shrew show information - click here
The Tamer Tamed show information - click here
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT OUR THIRD SEASON
Artistic Director Michael Mendelson will direct the The Taming of the Shrew, which was adapted by Cole Porter for his famous musical, Kiss Me Kate, and is the basis for the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Michael says: “I am excited to explore the lengths a person will go to to transform somebody they love into the person they wish them to be. Do we gain a healthier and more fruitful relationship or do we lose the essence and spark of what ignited our passion and drew us to the person in the first place? There is no better journey than that of Kate and Petruchio to explore love and marriage in both a traditional sense and one for a modern sensibility. I can hardly wait to begin the journey.”
Associate Artistic Director Michael Nehring will direct The Tamer Tamed which was written by John Fletcher as a sequel to The Taming of the Shrew. John Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare on two plays and succeeded Shakespeare as the playwright for the King’s Men. Michael says: “I am so excited to share this play in a staged reading with our audiences. It is not only an under appreciated gem of comic writing, but it is a surprisingly fresh response to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Imagine Petruchio re-married to Maria, a wife that argues for women’s rights and for a taming of male dominance. She is smart, rational, and humorous and her radical views are catching on with her friends! None of Petruchio’s tactics seem to be working! Critics have referred to the play as being ‘proto-feminist,’ which is fascinating because The Tamer Tamed was written by John Fletcher and was first published in 1647! Expect some terrific talk back sessions, scholarly presentations, and heated discussions as we examine these two plays in back-to-back Portland Shakespeare Project productions”.
We hope you will join us for these wonderful comedies next summer.
NEW RESERVED SEATING POLICY
A number of our patrons have asked us for reserved seats for our plays and we have heard your requests. The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed will be performed next summer in The Alder Theatre at Artists Repertory Theatre. All seats will be reserved seats. Tickets are available through the Artists Repertory Theatre Box Office here or you may call the Box Office at 503.241.1278.
Charles and Darci Swindells
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