2013 – THE TAMER TAMED

John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed
Staged Reading

July 24, 27, 28, 31, August 3 & 4, 2013

Cast List

Maria
Livia
Bianca
City Wife
Country Wife
Petruchio
Moroso
Petronius
Sophocles
Tranio
Jaques
Pedro
Roland                       

Kayla Lian
Britt Harris
Ashley Williams
Jane Vogel
Holly Johnson
Peter Platt
Gary Powell
David Bodin
Heath Houghton
Nathan Dunkin
Steve Rathje
Samson Syharath
Steve Vanderzee

Comments from Director Michael Nehring

Michael NehringProfessor Michael Nehring:  “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”.