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The Taming of the Shrew

June 5 – July 10, 2022
(Opening night: Saturday, June 11, 2022)

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Shana Cooper

“Come on, and kiss me, Kate.”

Is anyone a match for the brash and strong-willed Katherine? The dashing adventurer Petruchio thinks he’s up to the challenge. Two of the sexiest figures in all of world theatre set off sparks in a clash of wills that is as bold as it is uproarious. 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.”

The Taming of the Shrew is supported by lead production sponsor Darlene Marcos Shiley, production sponors Diane Berol in memory of John Berol, Karen and Donald Cohn, Silvija and Brian Devine, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Jean and Gary Shekhter, and the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund, with additional artist sponsors The Lodge at Torrey Pines (for director Shana Cooper). This production is supported in part by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.

Running time: Two hours and 45 minutes. There is one intermission. 

This production contains smoke from a non-tobacco e-cigarette.

Program

Reviews

“A roaring good time!” —San Diego Story

“A fun romantic comedy!” —BroadwayWorld

“Funny and entertaining. A creative, colorful, thought-provoking, and music-filled staging. It’s sure fun to watch.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Cast and Creatives

Cast

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) Credits: shows spanning classics and new work across the country; Theatre for a New Audience, The COOP, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare, ACT, Yale Rep, Court Theatre, Studio Theatre, Seattle Rep, Cal Shakes, American Players Theatre, PlayMakers Rep. Other: Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Directing M.F.A. program (2017 – present), Woolly Mammoth Company Member (2016 – present), Associate Artistic Director of Cal Shakes (2000–2004), Co-Founder of New Theater House (2008 – present). Honors: 2014 Leadership U Grant, 2010 Princess Grace Award, Drama League Stage Directing Fellowship. Upcoming: All’s Well That Ends Well (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Education: M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. shanacooper.com.

Wilson Chin (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: Shutter Sisters, Tiny Beautiful Things, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, Rich Girl, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, Anna Christie (Craig Noel Award nomination). Broadway: Pass Over (Lortel Award nomination), Next Fall. Off Broadway: Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club), Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Public Theater), My Mañana Comes (The Playwrights Realm). Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragödie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company; Dora Mavor Moore Award). Film/television: Pass Over directed by Spike Lee, “Blindspot” (NBC). @wilsonchindesign.

Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costume Design) Recent work: Gnit (Theatre for a New Audience). Favorite New York world premieres: Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Mad Ones), Usual Girls (Roundabout Underground), Dance Nation, Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons), The Wolves (Lincoln Center), John (Signature). Regional: Goodnight Nobody (McCarter), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cal Shakes), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (KC Rep), El Coquí Espectacular (Two River). Upcoming: directing the September world premiere of Julia Jarcho’s Marie It’s Time at HERE Arts Center with her company minor theater. Member: USA 829, Target Margin, The Mad Ones.

Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Double Indemnity, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Over 200 productions on and Off Broadway, regionally, and at most major U.S. opera houses. International: Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, Wroclaw. Awards/nominations: American Theatre Wing, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, Lucille Lortel. Other: Chair of the Lighting Program at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.

Paul Peterson (Sound Design) The Old Globe: over 100 shows, including Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Brothers Size, Nobody Loves You, Kingdom, Hold Please, Restoration Comedy, Pig Farm, Moonlight and Magnolias, Lucky Duck, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Blue/Orange, Time Flies, Pentecost, Compleat Female Stage Beauty. Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist), San Diego Repertory Theatre. Radio plays: Hamlet: On the Radio. Podcasts: Gather Round, Cocktails with the Canon. Education: B.A. in Drama with an emphasis in Technical Design from San Diego State University.

Paul James Prendergast (Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: All the Way, The Great Society. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (25 productions), Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf, Geffen, Hartford Stage, Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory, American Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley, Alliance, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage. Commercial work: extensive theme park and museum installations, multiple national tours with Diavolo Dance Theater. Awards: Grammy, Drama Desk nominations; BroadwayWorld, Ovation, Drama-Logue, Garland, Gregory, Footlight, Gypsy Awards. Other: work as a singer/songwriter has appeared in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.

Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Movement Consultant) Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Off Broadway: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Signature), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Pericles (Public), Julius Caesar (TFANA).Regional: The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep), The Winter’s Tale (Alley), Animal Farm (Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep), Vera Stark (Alliance), Love’s Labour’s Lost, The African Company Presents... (Oregon Shakespeare).Television/film:“The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Black Rose,” “All My Children,” “Royal Pains,” Hotel Pennsylvania.Awards:NYTVF Best Actress in a Drama for “Black Rose,” AUDELCO for Outstanding Ensemble for Sugar in Our Wounds, Lortel nomination for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Education: M.F.A. in Acting from Yale.

Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach) The Old Globe: Othello, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, more. Other: Head of the M.F.A. Acting program at UC San Diego, Chair of the Mentorship Committee for Voice and Speech Trainers Association, over 35 years of teaching voice and coaching Shakespeare. Education: graduated with distinction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, designated Linklater teacher. Professional credits: La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company, 16 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons; with Lisa Donadio: A Strange Loop (currently on Broadway), Grey Gardens (also Broadway), Clybourne Park (also Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for casting), The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre). Television: ABC’s “The Knights of Prosperity” (aka “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger”). Regional theatre: Huntington Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, People’s Light, among others.

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Shutter Sisters, The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers,Powers New Voices Festival (2016–2018), Red Velvet, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Regional: Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions), The Humans, Aubergine, Evita, Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Last Five Years, HIR, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre Company), Hairspray, The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre). Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

Kendra Stockton (Assistant Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (as production assistant). Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).

Photos

Production Photos

John Tufts as Hortensio and Cassia Thompson as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
John Tufts as Hortensio and Cassia Thompson as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
James Udom as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
James Udom as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine and James Udom as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine and James Udom as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine, James Udom as Petruchio, and Orville Mendoza as Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine, James Udom as Petruchio, and Orville Mendoza as Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine (center) with the cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine (center) with the cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of The Taming of the Shrew, 2022. Photo by Jim Cox.

Publicity Photos

James Udom appears as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
James Udom appears as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
James Udom appears as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
James Udom appears as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll appears as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll appears as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll appears as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
Deborah Ann Woll appears as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Jim Cox.
Shana Cooper
Director Shana Cooper. Photo by Jenny Baker.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.