The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare • Directed by Edward Morgan
July 23 – September 1, 2013 • Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen

Wealthy Baptista has two daughters; gentle and beautiful Bianca who is much sought after by the noble men of the town and Katherine who is, well, a shrew. As the oldest, Katherine must marry first but Bianca’s many suitors can’t afford to wait, so they convince the boisterous and quick-witted Petruchio to take on the challenge of domesticating the sharp-tongued, quick-tempered “shrew.” Can Petruchio subdue Katherine’s temper and win her bountiful dowry along with her love? Or will she continue her shrewish ways in Shakespeare’s ultimate battle-of-the-sexes comedy!

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Petruchio (Fred Arsenault) learns about a shrewish and fiesty woman named Kate in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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Bianca (Victoria Nassif) is berated by her older sister Kate (Gretchen Hall) in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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Kate (Gretchen Hall) wonders whether Petruchio's (Fred Aresenualt) marriage intentions are true in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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  Bianca (Victoria Nassif) learns that her music teacher (William Elsman) is really her suitor Hortensio in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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Grumio (Conan McCarty) rails about the roughness of his master Petruchio in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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Once married, Kate (Gretchen Hall) reacts sullenly to Petruchio's (Fred Aresenualt) taming of her spirit in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of
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Downtrodden after Petruchio's treatment, Kate (Gretchen Hall) rethinks her shrewish ways in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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Bianca (Victoria Nassif) confesses her love for Lucentio (Elvin McRae) as Grumio (Conan McCarty), her sister Kate (Gretchen Hall) and a disappointed Gremio (Kit Wilder) look on in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of
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Kate (Gretchen Hall) waits for her husband to be  in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew. Sets by Michael Ganio.

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  Petruchio (Fred Arsenault) is stunned by Kate's final speech (Gretchen Hall) in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s 2013 production of The Taming of the Shew.

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