THE TAMER TAMED
John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed is
being done as a staged reading.
Single Show Tickets: $15.00
Reserved seat tickets
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or you may call the Artists Repertory Theatre Box Office at
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison Street
Show Dates and Times
Wednesday – July 24 at 7:30 pm
Saturday – July 27 at 2:00 pm (Matinee)
Sunday – July 28 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday – July 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday – August 3 at 2:00 pm (Matinee)
Sunday – August 4 at 7:30 pm
Portland Shakespeare Project Scholar in Residence, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College will lead a pre-show discussion for The Tamer Tamed on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 6:30 pm, at Artists Repertory Theatre.
There will be post-show discussions following shows of The Tamer Tamed on Saturday, July 27, and Saturday, August 3.
Comments from Director Michael Nehring
Professor Michael Nehring says: “I am so excited to share this play in a staged reading with our audiences. It is not only an underappreciated 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”.
The Tamer Tamed 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. The Tamer Tamed continues Shakespeare’s story of Petruchio and his problems with women that began in The Taming of the Shrew.
Petruchio’s first wife, Kate, the shrew, has died and Petruchio has a new wife, Maria, who proves to be even more difficult for Petruchio to dominate than Kate was. Maria will not even consummate their marriage until Petruchio changes his ways. She enlists other women, including Kate’s younger sister, Bianca, to join her in her campaign.
Maria has a sister, Livia, who wants to marry Roland, but Livia’s father wants her to marry Moroso, a rich, older man. Livia joins in the protest started by the married women in an effort to avoid her father’s plans for an arranged marriage. Tranio bets Roland that he will take Livia back and then he bets Livia that he can get Roland back for her.
The women gather provisions and barricade themselves for a monthlong seige in the upper floor of Maria’s house and demand that their husbands agree to their terms. Bianca verbally extends Maria’s personal motives for rebellion into reasons for women to resist men generally. Petruchio and the other husbands stage an assault on the women’s fortress but are held at bay by the women and eventually give in, agreeing to many advances in financial and personal independence that women did not enjoy in real life.
The battles between Petruchio and Maria escalate. Maria decides to pursue a career of scholarship and horsemanship and continues to made demands upon Petruchio, including extravagant clothing and household improvements. Petrochio fakes illness in an attempt to evoke Maria’s pity, and Maria walls him up in his house on the pretext that he the plague and carts off the household goods. Maria begins to dress like a whore and flirts with Petruchio’s friends. Petruchio tells Maria that he is going to abandon the marriage and travel abroad, and she encourages him to go.
Livia tricks her father and Morso into signing a contract for her marriage with Roland.
Finally, Petruchio decides to fake his death. He is carried onstage in a coffin. Maria is moved to tears. Petruchio sits up in the coffin, and Maria and Petruchio pledge to begin their lives together anew. Livia announces her marriage to Roland.