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The Shrew Blog



This summer, June-July 2015, Manhattan Shakes will be performing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in our signature FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS production.

This story has been dubbed a “problem” play. We, the women working on this production, would like to share our thoughts and feelings about tackling this script.

Follow The Shrew Blog as we invite you into the rehearsal room and our interior monologues as women and as actors. In our own words.

April 22, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

April 23, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

April 26, 2015 – Amy Frey (Tranio, Ensemble)

April 27, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

April 29, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

May 1, 2015 – Monica Jones (Katharina, Ensemble)

May 3, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

May 5, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

May 9, 2015 – Carla Lerner (Tranio, Ensemble)


The Shrew Blog 4-22-15

Kate Holland – Director
IMG_20150426_113246Tonight we are looking at the wooing scene between Hortensio, Lucentio and Bianca. This scene is so delicious, full of innuendo and wordplay. It’s also the scene where we see how powerful Bianca is. Unlike Katharina, Bianca has learned the all the rules of the gender game and is a virtuosic player. While staying completely sweet and charming throughout the scene, she displays an ironclad will and a fierce intelligence. She is actually not all that different from her “shrewish” sister — she’s just a much more adaptable player.


Does Katharina learn to play? Is that what Petruchio is teaching her?


What happens to women who can’t or won’t play the role that society has ordained that they play?


To the good ones, the kind and quiet and undemanding ones, much is given, as long as they are beautiful. Katharina is like the wicked stepsisters and Cinderella all in one — cut off your heel and toes to fit in a glass slipper, and as long as you never make a peep again, you can marry the Prince.


Reminds me of Brene Brown’s work on shame, and how women most often feel shame when they have failed to do everything perfectly, and still maintain composure. Never let them see you sweat. Backwards, in heels.
Have you ever felt shame associated with your gender? Looking back on your younger experiences what advice would you give yourself?

2015 Macbeth: Transformed


“Sarah and Amanda are two very talented actresses. They play different characters without skipping a beat.  Amanda especially can move her hands and body in a way, I could never dream of.”

~Rozanna Radakovich, Theatrechitchat.webs.com

“…Boekelheide and Eismann zig-zag through every inch of the room as the scenes unfold, declaiming their speeches from any available space… there is a very up-close and personal feel to this performance… shows that two women can take on the Thane and other principals in the play’s world, with chutzpah and conviction.”

~Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp.com

“I was enthralled with every minute of tonight’s performance…I can’t wait to see more of your group!”

~Emily J


The Scottish Play is here!!

Tickets on sale now!!  

2 Women 1 Stage Manager and over 32 guest artists. Each performance will feature 2 new voice over actors and YOU the audience.


Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project

has become

Macbeth: Transformed

April 1 -19
Wednesday – Sunday
Tickets $10
Access Theater Gallery, 380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Conceived and Performed by
Amanda Boekelheide
Sarah Eismann


And A Stage Manager!
Rachel A. Jerome

Over 32 rotating guest artists

PLUS an Amazing Production Team
Tech Designer – Antonio Consuegra
Lighting Designer – Samantha Davis, Greg Purnell
Sound Designer – Jacob Subotnick
Movement – Michael Mullen
Social Media Guru – Caroline Lyons
Graphic Design – SopArt Studio
Publicity – HellerHighwaterPR

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Amanda_BoekelheideAmanda Boekelheide (past MSP: 2014 R&J) Most recent & fun professional roles were Town Cryers & ensemble in The Whistling Mortician, Blowfish in Heist, Iphigenia in Iph.then, Scarlett, Rhonda & Lilly in Lion in the
Streets, & Olga in Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.  Favorite Columbia University roles include Bosola in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Inez in Satre’s No Exit, & The Secretary (Death) in Camus’ The State of Siege. Travel for performance & study for theatrical purposes has included Peking Opera in China, Indonesian classical & rural dance styles as well as Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, & Classical Buddhist Nepalese dance in Nepal.

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 the 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

Rachel_A_JeromeRachel A Jerome (Stage Manager) is a stage and film actor and stage manager who hails from Washington Heights. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from SUNY Potsdam. Television: Mind of a Murderer: Rage and Rampage (2015). Theatre: 3 Days in Savannah, Opening Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blues for Mister Charlie, Antigone 5.9, and many more.

Jacob Subotnick (Sound Designer) Jacob is a NYC based producer, sound designer and composer. Selected Off-Broadway: Donkey Punch (SOHO Playhouse); Inner Voices 2014 (TBG Theatre); Any Given Monday (59E59). Selected Off-Off-Broadway: The Tunnel Play (FringeNYC 2014); Virus Attacks Heart (Nominated for Best Sound Design PCTF 2014); The Wedding Singer, Spring Awakening (New York Film Academy); Sweet Sweet Spirit, The Picture of Dorian Gray (MTWorks); Why You Beasting?, Judgement Day (FringeNYC 2013); Proof, Next To Normal, RENT, Equus. (The Gallery Players); Body Language, Magnetic North (The Active Theater); Endless Summer NightsLickspittles Buttonholers and Damned-Pernicious-Go-Betweens (Boomerang Theatre); Tulpa or Anne and Me (Winner Best Sound Design PCTF 2011). Jacob received his Bachelors of Music from New York University.  www.jacobsubotnick.com

Samantha Davis (Lighting Designer) is Production Assistant for New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Freelance LD and SM.  Recent credits with: Sundog Theatre Co, Harkness Dance Festival 92nd Y,  Pull Together Productions, Amerinda, NYC Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Perfect DisgraceThe Internationalists, EPBB, Austrian Consulate.  International credits: His Majesty’s Theater- Perth, AU, Australian Shakespeare Company; Melbourne, AU.  Upcoming production with Metropolitan Playhouse’s ‘East Side Stories.’

Greg Purnell (Lighting Designer) is a media, video, and lighting designer based in NYC. Visit him online at www.gregpurnell.com.