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The Shrew Blog 4-22-15

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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?
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IndieGoGo Launched! Help MSP bring Shakespeare to the Special Education Classroom!

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Our 2014 Season IndieGoGo has launched!2014-05-29 18.24.22

In addition to raising funds to pay the fabulous artists involved
with 2014 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS ROMEO & JULIET we are very excited to officially announce the launch of our Fall Education Program!

We started the year off with an amazing $3,100 grant from LMCC and NYSCA which funds half the budget for Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special 2014-05-23 19.56.30Education Classroom.

Our wish is for the full program (8 classroom sessions, 57 teaching hours) to run this fall, so we are reaching out to you for your help in making this happen.

Even a $20 tax deductible contribution will add teaching hours with these amazing kids at Manhattan School for Career Development.IMG_4194

Lots of companies do donation matching programs, ask at your place of employment and double the impact of your contribution!

For the full campaign and donation link please visit:
http://goo.gl/GHBYz2

Please share this e-mail, tweet, facebook, and anything else you can think of!  We rely on the support of people like you and are extremely appreciative for all your help!2014-05-29 18.43.05

Thank you!
Sarah & The MSP Team

Manhattan Shakespeare Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Manhattan Shakespeare Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

IMG_4217Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special Education classroom is made possible in part with matching public funds from Creative Curricula, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

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2011 Free Educational Tour – The Performance

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st, 2011

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

 

THE PERFORMANCE

 

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 & IIA 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 education@manhattanshakes.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!

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2011 Free Educational Tour – The Workshop

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewto YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

 

THE WORKSHOP

 

A (pre-show) 45 min interactive experience with the cast of The Taming of the Shrew that will deepen your students’ appreciation of Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s educational tour! Engaging and enriching materials and activities have been developed by MSP’s founding Artistic Director Sarah Eismann, a former Teaching Artist in Residence with the California school system. Materials are appropriate for all grades K-12; specific exercises and content vary by grade level. The teaching artists are trained professionals with comprehensive backgrounds in Shakespeare and performance.

The workshop illuminates and underscores the concepts of drama, language, and Shakespeare presented in our touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. This participatory workshop includes games, activities and text work designed to create a greater understanding and appreciation of theater and language!

Overall Outcomes: Students begin to make personal connections between their lives and the lives of the characters, learn about Shakespeare the playwright, and more specifically his play The Taming of the Shrew.

Grades K-2 – Character Playtime introduces young students to Shakespeare the playwright, and specifically the characters and story of The Taming of the Shrew. They are actively engaged as they “try on” each character to help create a synopsis of the story. The outcome is they have an understanding of the play and therefore are actively engaged as they watch the performance.

Grades 3-5 – Playing with Words expands students’ knowledge of Shakespeare and his plays, and introduces them to how Shakespeare used language to create images and characters, specifically using insults from The Taming of the Shrew. The outcome is they have a deeper understanding of the play and characters and therefore are actively engaged as they watch the performance.

Grades 6-12 – Personalizing the Play deepens students’ knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare’s time and how his themes are universal and still very relevant to contemporary (the students’) lives. The outcome is they begin to think about and discuss how the treatment of women has changed in the modern world and how it has not changed.

Contact us NOW to include the WORKSHOP with your Manhattan Shakespeare Project performance!

e-mail: education@manhattanshakes.org, or phone (646) 450-8367

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Pricing & Staging Requirements

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewto YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

Our professionally-directed 60 minute performance features a cast of four professional actors (playing multiple roles) and a stage manager. Our touring production travels with costumes, set, and props. At the conclusion of each performance the cast will also stay for a Q & A session with the audience!

Staging Requirements

  • 20 X 25 foot performance space is ideal
  • Minimum 30 mins set-up and tear-down time before and after performance (no extra time is needed before or after workshop)

Flexible indoor or outdoor performance options! Show may take place in gym, classroom, auditorium, theater, or other spaces.

Pricing

The mission of the educational tour is to reach as many students and as large an audience as possible. So no matter what the financial situation of your school or organization, we will work with you to bring the tour to your facility.

Pricing for the educational tour works on a sliding scale depending on the type of school or organization.

With no financial aid, one show (which includes one performance and one workshop) is $350 ($150 for each additional show).

MSP has received some funding from private sponsors which allows us to offer performances and workshops at a reduced rate to certain schools. So please make sure to include information about your school and funding situation.

We do ask that those schools and organizations that have the funding that would allow them to bring Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s educational tour to their facility to please pay what they are able. Our private sponsorship is limited and we would like to stretch it as far as possible to reach as many schools and organizations and students as possible, so even if you can afford $50 or $100, that would be significant.

Please make sure to talk to your MSP tour coordinator!

Tour dates book quickly. Call NOW (646-450-8367) or e-mail education@manhattanshakes.org, or fax (650-264-3973) your Booking and Reservation Form NOW to bring this outstanding curriculum enrichment program to your location!

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Cast Bios

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

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February 28th – April 1st, 2011

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

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Kim Katzberg (Kate, Lucentio, Pedant) earned her BFA in acting from NYU and her MFA in acting from Columbia University. Shakespeare credits include Ariel in The Tempest at the Volkswang Shakespeare Festival in Germany, and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company. Most recently she performed her solo show “Penetrating the Space” as a Fall Artist In Resident at Dixon Place.

Amira Nader (Gremio, Curtis, Haberdasher, Tailor, Vincentio) received her MFA from Columbia University. She recently appeared in Karin Coonrod’s production ofPhoenician Women at the Riverside Theater. Other favorites include “Grusha” in The Caucasian Chalk Circledirected by Niky Wolcz, and “Djemila” in The Screens. She is honored to be a part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s Taming of the Shrew, and is excited about working with New York City students.

Anjili J. Pal (Petruchio, Tranio) is a Southern (Virginia!) transplant who just graduated with an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has worked as a teaching artist with Classic Stage Company, the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Artists Striving To End Poverty, and Young Peoples Theater Program. Favorite roles include: Mitra in The Two Marys (Source Theater, director Joy Zinoman), Cass in Wonder of the World(Lemming Street Players), Holly in Anton in Showbusiness(Live Arts), Martirio in Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba(Columbia University), and M.Saunders/Ellen/and Betty II in Cloud 9 (University of VA). For all the deets, please visit: www.anjilipal.com

Malkia Stampley (Baptista, Grumio) A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, Malkia attended Marquette University for Theatre Arts and studied as intern and Resident Artist with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Skylight Opera Theatre. Malkia has a teaching background in drama, dance, play and musical writing for elementary to high school students with several residencies in Milwaukee and Chicago, having toured several children’s shows. Favorite regional theatre credits include: Japan Disney Tour of Disney on Classic: Lion King (Nala); Raisin (Beneatha) Court Theatre; Dreamgirls (Lorrell) St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre (Winner of Woody King Jr. Award, Best Supporting Actress); Black Nativity (Darfur Mary) Congo Square Theatre; The Talented Tenth (Pam).

Tour dates book quickly. Call NOW (646-450-8367) or e-mail education@manhattanshakes.org, or fax (650-264-3973) your Booking and Reservation Form NOW to bring this outstanding curriculum enrichment program to your location!

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Production Team Bios

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st, 2011

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

* * *

Elyzabeth Gorman (Director) is thrilled to be making her Manhattan Shakespeare Project debut. Her world premieres include Caitlin Condy’s See Jane Run (Prospect Theatre Co.); Jennifer Lane’s Does Anyone Know Sarah Paisner? (Intravenous Theatre Co.); and Michael Niederman’s To Barcelona!(Ignited States Production Co.), Every Man (’07 Samuel French Festival Winner), and Don’t Drink and F*ck (Crosstown Playwrights). Other favorite productions include Caitlin Condy’s Little Wing (NY Int’l Fringe Festival); Anthony Clarvoe’s The Living (Stone Soup Theater); and an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV in Prospect Park, produced by Rebellious Subjects. She is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Artistic Cabinet of Rebel Theater Co. She is looking forward to directing Fairy Tale of America with EBE Ensemble in April.

Czerton Lim (Set, Props) NYC credits: A Number and Out Cry for National Asian-American Theater Company, Chaosand Medea for Theater Mitu, I Got Fired for NYMF 2010,George the Last for Theater for the New City, Tidings Brought to Mary for Storm Theatre, Bye Bye Birdie for NYU/CAP21, and Playhouse Creatures and Three Sisters for Columbia University. Regional: 42nd StreetAnything GoesThe Full MontyLittle Shop of HorrorsSmokey Joe’s Café, and Forever Plaid for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Mr. Lim received his MFA from the University of Washington and now lives in NYC with his wife and baby boy. He is originally from the Philippines. www.czlimdesign.com

Jessica Lustig (Costumes) recieved her MFA from the University of Washington in 2006. Since then she has traveled the world, worked as a Broadway costume design assistant, and designed several Off and Off-Off Broadway shows primarily with Stone Soup and Storm Theatre. Currently Jessica teaches costume construction and supervises the costume shop at Montclair State University, where she also designs occasionally. She has chosen to keep her design schedule fairly light this Spring in order to focus on teaching and playing mommy to her and Czerton’s 4-month old baby, Toby.

Alicia Rodis (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer that hails from the ever exotic Cleveland, Ohio. She is a proud graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at Wright State University. Recent combat credits include Young LouBig LoveBrigadoonVenus, and assisting with The Age of Iron at Classic Stage Company. Alicia works with En Garde Entertainment, and is a combat teaching artist with Magical Theater Company. She is a proud member of AEA and The Society of American Fight Directors, and is thrilled to be working in the company of such fiercely strong and fabulous women.

Ashley Rossetti (Stage Manager) is a new arrival in New York City, having graduated with a Bachelors in Theatre from San Diego State University last May. She is very passionate about theatre for young audiences and the importance of introducing art to children early in their lives and so could not be more thrilled to be a part of MSPs current production. Past favorite productions have included Fire and Mist: Stories of Old Town (Old Town Cultural and Historic Program), The Jungle Book (North Coast Repertory Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream(San Diego State University).

Tour dates book quickly. Call NOW (646-450-8367) or e-mail education@manhattanshakes.org, or fax (650-264-3973) your Booking and Reservation Form NOW to bring this outstanding curriculum enrichment program to your location!

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Tour Script

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Printable Brochure

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Booking & Reservation Form

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