John Fletcher’s The Tamer Tamed
July 24, 27, 28, 31, August 3 & 4, 2013
Comments from Director Michael Nehring
Professor 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”.