Audience Enrichment Programs
This summer, Portland Shakespeare Project will be offering a variety of programs intended to make your viewing of The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed even more enjoyable.
There will be two pre-show discussions with our new Scholar in Residence, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College. At these discussions, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the play before you see it. These pre-show discussions will take place as follows:
The Taming of the Shrew: Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 pm
The Tamer Tamed: Wednesday, July 31, at 6:30 pm
There will be post-show discussions with the actors and the directors following the matinee performances of The Taming of the Shrew on the following Sundays: July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, and The Tamer Tamed on Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 3.
Watch the Show Like A Shakespearean Scholar:
Before The Taming of the Shrew performance on Saturday, July 13, we will host a discussion program in which our directors and instructors will share with you their ideas and suggestions for how to get the most out of the performance you are about to see. This program will run from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. There will then be a break for dinner, and then you will be able to join the presenters at the July 13th performance and enjoy the show with them.
Two Shows and A Dinner:
On Sunday, July 28, we will be doing The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed back-to-back (one show as a matinee and one as the evening show). Between the shows, join our Scholar in Residence, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, and Artistic Director Michael Mendelson and Associate Artistic Director/Education Director Michael Nehring for a delicious picnic-style, buffet dinner. Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner and Messrs. Mendelson and Nehring will discuss the shows and answer your questions. Dinner will be served at Artists Repertory Theatre and will be catered by The Vibrant Table. If you are attending both shows on July 28, the price of dinner will be $24 and will include wine, beer and other beverages. If you would like to join us for dinner only on July 28, the price of dinner is $30.
Please Welcome Our New Scholar In Residence:
Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature and is currently writing a book about Shakespeare adaptations. A Portland native, he also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Yale Shakespeare Company. He loves talking about Shakespeare with newcomers and aficionados alike. Dr. Pollack-Pelzner has started an entertaining four-part series on Oregon ArtsWatch about this summer’s productions of The Taming of the Shrew at Portland Shakespeare Project and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Follow his observations at http://www.orartswatch.org/summer-of-shrew-part-1-a-tale-of-two-cities/.