2015 Taming of the Shrew


This year 2015 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS – Taming of the Shrew is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. We thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts!






You heard right! MSP is doing the “PROBLEM PLAY”


William Shakespeare’s


How do we, as contemporary women and artists tackle this notoriously difficult, seemingly extremely “anti-feminist” play and live to talk about it? Follow our BLOG come see the SHOW and find out!!

MSP_Shrew_horiz_PostcardOF COURSE!



We’re back at our usual haunts AND we’ve added ASTORIA PARK and HUNTER’S POINT SOUTH PARK in QUEENS!!


Bring a PICNIC

Rain Policy: The show must go on! We perform rain or shine. We will never cancel a show before showtime. So come on out! Bring a slicker, bring an umbrella. Some of our best shows have been in mysterious and foggy weather 🙂

Parks & Directions

To Summit Rock in Central Park
(near 83rd St. at Central Park West):

By subway, take B or C train to 86th St./Central Park West. Enter the park at 85th St.

To Astoria Park in Queens
(near 23rd Ave at 19th Street):

By subway, take N or Q train to Astoria / Ditmars Blvd. Enter the park at 23rd Ave.

To Hunter’s Point South Park in Queens
(on the artificial grass circle at Borden Ave.):

By subway, take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd / Jackson Ave. Walk West on 50th Ave towards the East River. Enter the park at Borden Ave.

To St. Nicholas Park in Harlem
(the 135th St. Plaza at St. Nicholas Ave):

By subway, take B or C train to 135th St. / St. Nicholas Ave. Enter the park at 135th St.

To Sunset Park in Brooklyn
(near 44th St. at 6th Ave. top of the hill):

By subway, take N or R train to 45th St. Enter the park at 44th St. and 6th Ave. or 44th St. and 5th Ave.

To Morningside Park in Manhattan
(near the pond at 114th St. and Morningside Ave)

By subway, take B or C train to 110th St. / Cathedral Pkwy. Enter the park at 114th St.

IMG_5918Directed by

Kate Holland


IMG_0337Sarah Eismann (see MEET THE PLAYERS for more info) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. A recent MFA Acting graduate from Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with IMG_5697the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com

AmandaGobleAmanda Goble is a NYC-based artist, with experience as an actor, aerialist, and physical IMG_6291performer. Recent credits include Fairy Queen, Romeo and Juliet, a national tour of Peter Pan, as well as collaborations on devised theater and aerial/dance theater projects.

Monica_JonesMonica Jones was most recently seen as Smith in Who We Let In (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC). Other NYC credits include, but not limited to: Dr. Talbot & others, St. Valerie of Nova Scotia (Columbia University); Keely, Washougal My Heart; Reverend Lawrence, Juliet & Romeo; Willa, or what she will (Fringe NYC); Venita, IMG_5694Skylines; Celia, As You Like It. Film credits include: Emory, The Other Girl (Brooklyn Film Festival); Ellie, Run (Drexel); and Beatrice, Rune (Isis Productions). Monica holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma, School of Drama. www.monicalillianjones.com

IMG_5574Carla Lerner




ShannonDelaneyWardShannon Delaney Ward is an actress and teaching artist from Vermont who is very excited to be spending her summer with Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Her recent credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. So far she is having a great time with these wonderful women and this wonderful play. This is Shannon’s first experience with performing Shakespeare outdoors, and she is thrilled by the challenges and joys of these New York City parks. Shannon has been a part of several touring companies, including The Penumbra Players, which she co-founded and performed a sixteen-city tour of New England duringIMG_5878 the summer of 2011. She also spent 8 months as a resident artist at Shakesperience, a touring educational theater company based out of Waterbury Connecticut. In her free time Shannon enjoys writing, reading, and exploring. More information about Shannon can be found at shannondelaneyward.weebly.com

***And Introducing***

Erica Anne Morales-Armstrong is super excited about her debut appearance with Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Erica takes voice classes with Yvonne Armstrong and was awarded admission to the MS Arts Audition Boot Camp at LaGuardia High School. She previously performed in the IMG_5541ensemble of her school’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical. In addition to acting and singing, Erica loves reading, writing fanfiction, skateboarding and binge watching Dr. Who on Netflix. The MSP cast members are insanely talented and cool and have taken Erica under their wings, which she truly appreciates.


IMG_20150426_112114Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager) is a recent Wagner graduate and is ecstatic to be making her “real world” debut with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Her past credits include Random Access Theatre’s Production of Taming of The Shrew and Wagner College productions Spamalot, Hello Dolly, Stop Kiss, My Soldiers and many more.

Adele Rylands (Fight Director) has staged fights and taught both across the States as well as in Canada.  She has worked in institutions such as New York University, Yale, UNCSA, City College, York University, and George Brown Theatre School, among others.  Recent and current credits include: King John (The Fools & Kings Project), Romeo and IMG_20150516_120842Juliet (Barefoot Shakespeare Company), Elise (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), Manuel vs The Statue ofLiberty (Signature Theatre).  Iggy Award for Best Choreography: Toronto Shakespeare in the Quad’s Richard III.  BFA in Directing from New York University.  adelerylands.com
SopArtStudioSop-Art Studio (Graphic Design) – Christopher Soprano’s art is born out of an instinctive desire to create. His passion for letter forms and intuitive mark making create intertwined narratives. Fused with his adamant optimism the work is both playful and dark. In addition to identity design, Christopher currently creates huge character sculptures and environments for theme parks. As a result of working under tight deadlines, his personal work captures his energy and expressiveness.



Production photography by the fabulous NSantasier Photography


6 thoughts on “2015 Taming of the Shrew”

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  2. By the final scene of the play, the true misogyny of Bianca’s suitors – successful or otherwise – has been exposed, as they drunkenly continue to compete over who is the manliest, now simply using their wives as despised props.

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