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The Taming of the Shrew

Summer 2021

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Shana Cooper

“Come on, and kiss me, Kate.”

Can anyone “tame” the brash and headstrong Katherine? The dashing adventurer Petruchio thinks he’s the man for the job. Two of the sexiest spirits in all of world theatre set off sparks in a clash of wills that is as hilarious as it is outrageous. Shakespeare’s masterful comedic take on the battle of the sexes turns everything we think about love, marriage, and gender on its head. Director Shana Cooper brings to the Globe her daring and contemporary staging, which The New York Times praised as “an exhilarating new way to look at the comedy through modern eyes,” and The Wall Street Journal’s theatre critic called “the best Shrew I’ve ever reviewed.”

Production Sponsors
Diane and John Berol
Karen and Donald Cohn
Silvija and Brian Devine
Jean and Gary Shekhter
Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund

An earlier version of this production of The Taming of the Shrew premiered at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Davis McCallum, Artistic Director; Kate Liberman, Managing Director) in June 2018.

Cast and Creatives

Creative

William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shana Cooper (Director) is an assistant professor in Northwestern University’s Directing M.F.A. program and is a company member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington DC. Her directing credits include Off-Broadway’s Julius Caesar at Theatre for a New Audience and Barbara Hammond’s Terra Firma at The COOP, and regional productions at American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Studio Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Ms. Cooper has served as Associate Artistic Director of Cal Shakes (2000 to 2004) and Co-Founder of New Theater House (2008 to present). She received a 2014 Leadership U Grant, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group; a 2010 Princess Grace Award; a Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize from Yale School of Drama; and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Ms. Cooper received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Her upcoming projects include Lady from the Sea at Court Theatre in Chicago. shanacooper.com.

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Shana Cooper
Shana Cooper.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.