Theatre puts new spin on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

By Angela Stevens

This Thursday, the Department of Theatre and New Dance will begin its run of the production “The Taming of the Shrew.”

The original play was written by William Shakespeare in the 16th century. The play featured a strong misogynistic viewpoint, which was common at the time it was written.

Under the direction of C. Julian White, this version will feature an empowering feminist bent on a man’s world.

“The Taming of the Shrew” is about two young sisters, Bianca (played by Samantha Avila) and Kate (Yovanna Quintero), whose father, Baptista Minola (Cara Megan Vilencia), will not allow his younger daughter Bianca to marry her fiance, Petruchio (Kaitlyn Tice), until his older daughter Kate has a fiance as well.

“This play is important because it is a reflection of society and the gender conflicts within relationships,” said Vilencia, a fourth-year acting student.

This version of “The Taming of the Shrew” will be set in modern times but will have the same basic plot as the original play. It will also feature a couple of new scenes that the original did not contain.

The production will feature an all-female cast except for Colin Guthrie who will play Petruchio in the first and last scene of the play, while Kaitlyn Tice will play the role in all other scenes.

“The Taming of the Shrew” plays on Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the University Theatre.

The University Theatre

Angela Stevens / The Poly Post

The University Theatre’s production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

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