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February 28th – April 1st, 2011
Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to YOUR location!
Manhattan Shakespeare Project – Manhattan’s All-Female Shakespeare Company’s mission is to bring Shakespeare to underserved communities and develop our passion for theatre not only as an art form, but also as an educational tool. The educational tour was developed to break the myth that Shakespeare is “too hard” to understand; make the play relevant to students’ contemporary lives, therefore creating deep empathy into the personal relationships and situations of Shakespeare’s characters. The “workshop” is intended to further students’ studies in Shakespeare in an active, participatory way. The goal is to help them see that Shakespeare is still relevant today and to help them begin to understand why we, the teaching artists at Manhattan Shakespeare Project, love it and why it is important to study it, even 400 years after his death! The hope is that we will spark their interest to the point where they want to know more.
Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew as a comedy; the story of the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Despite all the suitors of Kate’s younger sister, Bianca, their father, Baptista, has declared that Bianca cannot get married until her older sister has found a proper husband. It’s a story of sibling rivalry, competition for affection, social graces and societal norms, and how strong personalities do or do not fit into those socially acceptable constructs.
Our professionally directed 60 minute performance, suitable for elementary students through adults, travels with a stage manager and a cast of 4 seasoned female actors in costume, with set and props.
A 45 minute WORKSHOP for students who want to dig deeper into The Taming of the Shrew, and get some hands-on experience with acting, is also available before your show; immediately before your show if you have the time and space, or on a separate day.
Elyzabeth Gorman, a physical classical director, has joined MSP this year to direct Shrew. Her background in movement and physical theatre has drawn her to incorporate elements from the Italian style of theatre Commedia dell’arte, most specifically the broad physical comedy and stock characters. She has also directed Henry IV parts I & II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Shakespeare’s Women.
The Commedia style is also reflected in the costumes, set, and props (by accomplished designers Jessica Lustig and Czerton Lim, both of whom are on faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey) all of which evoke the traveling “trunk”-style show of the Italian improv-comedy troupes and heighten the fast paced wit of Shakespeare’s text. The talented ensemble (playing all 11 characters) has been cast not only for their acting skills but also for their physical training and ability to deliver Shakespeare’s language in a clear and articulate fashion. The script (edited for length) includes all major plot points and well-known speeches.
Manhattan Shakespeare Project looks forward to bringing this thought provoking tale to life at YOUR location!
For More Information:
If you are interested in having MSP’s exciting production visit your school, call (646) 450-8367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax your Booking and Reservation Form for The Taming of the Shrew now to (650) 264-3973 to bring the magic of live theater and the beauty of Shakespeare’s writing to YOUR location!