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The Taming of the Shrew

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March 29 - April 14, 2019

Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Bruner
Run Time: 2 hours & 15 minutes (including intermission)

For this production, we will transform the Hanna Theatre into an Elizabethan theater, including NEW SEATING SECTIONS ON STAGE - surrounding the playing area and creating an immersive experience for audiences! Consider ONSTAGE seating when planning your visit to enjoy the fullness of this unique production. (Onstage seats are padded benches with backs similar in style to church pews. The bench seat is padded. Seating is assigned.)

Synopsis:
The only thing that stands between Bianca and a bevy of eligible suitors is her quick-tempered, elder sister Katherina. That is until fortune-hunting Petruchio takes up the challenge to “tame” Kate and make her his wife. A madcap marriage and much mayhem ensues in a beguiling battle of wits and wills between the sexes which ultimately reveals an unlikely romance. Can love tame a shrewish heart and surprise an unbridled bachelor?

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Great Lakes Theater is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle and high school students in communities across the United States.

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Lucentio (actor, Taha Mandviwala*) and Tranio (actor, Maggie Kettering*) arrive in Padua in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Bianca (actor, Madie Jenson*) is surrounded by her suitors Gremio (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) and Hortensio (actor, Eric Damon Smith*) as Baptista (actor, Steve Pickering*) instructs them as to the nature of her education as Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams) looks on the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) and Grumio (actor, Joe Wegner*) arrive on the scene as Lucentio, as Cambio, (actor, Taha Mandviwala*) looks on in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Biondello (actor, Andy Nagraj*) and Tranio, as Lucentio, (actor, Maggie Kettering*) make an entrance as Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) and Gremio (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) look on in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) and Tranio, as Lucentio, (actor, Maggie Kettering*) discuss a mutually beneficial agreement as Gremio (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) dislikes this new partnership in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Bianca (actor, Mandie Jenson*) and Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) square off in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14 (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) and Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) meet for the first time in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) receives disdain from Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) as he attempts to woo her in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) stews in her new reality as Baptista (actor, Steve Pickering*) tries to convince her his intentions are good in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Gremio (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*) assures Baptista (actor, Steve Pickering*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14.

Bianca (actor, Madie Jenson*) and Lucentio, as Cambio, (actor, Taha Mandviwala*) share a moment during a tutoring session in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Bianca (actor, Mandie Jenson*) reads a note aloud from Hortensio, as Licio, (actor, Eric Damon Smith*) during a lesson on the lute in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams) and Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) finally wed, much to Katherina's chagrin, in front of friends and family (actors featured: Ethan Hennes, Andy Nagraj*, Taha Mandviwala*, Eric Damon Smith* and Joe Wegner*) in Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) regards her new husband with contempt in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) and Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) square off at their wedding as friends and family look on (actors featured: Ethan Hennes, Mandie Jenson*, Steve Pickering*, Eric Damon Smith* and Joe Wegner*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The wedding guests (actors featured from l to r: Andy Nagraj*, Ethan Hennes (up), Maggie Kettering*, Mandie Jenson*, Eric Damon Smith*, Steve Pickering*, Taha Mandviwala* and Lynn Robert Berg*) stare on in astonishment as groom and bride leave the wedding in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) begins her first night at home with her new husband, Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) amidst his servants Curtis (actor, Ethan Hennes) and Joseph (actor, M.A. Taylor*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Vincentio (actor, David Anthony Smith*) meets Vincentio (actor, Jodi Dominick*) as presented by Tranio, as Lucentio, (actor, Maggie Kettering*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) softens to Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Baptista (actor, Steve Pickering*) congratulates Lucentio (actor, Taha Mandviwala*) as he grants Bianca's hand to him as Hortensio (actor, Eric Damon Smith*) and Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) look on in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Gremio (actor, Lynn Robert Berg*), Vincentio (actor, David Anthony Smith*) and Lucentio (actor, Taha Mandviwala*) enjoy themselves in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14.

Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) expresses her newfound turn of heart as those gathered for the feast look on (actors featured from l to r: Steve Pickering*, Jonathan Dyrud*, Lynn Robert Berg*, David Anthony Smith*, Taha Mandviwala*, Mandie Jenson* and Jessie Cope Miller*) in the Great Lakes Theater production THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Petruchio (actor, Jonathan Dyrud*) and Katherina (actor, Jessika D. Williams*) embrace in front of those gathered for the feast (actors featured from l to r: Eric Damon Smith*, Steve Pickering*, Nate John Mark*, Lynn Robert Berg*, David Anthony Smith*, M.A. Taylor*, Mandie Jenson*, Jessie Cope Miller* and Jodie Dominick*) in the Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The company (actors featured from l to r: Taha Mandviwala*, Maggie Kettering*, Eric Damon Smith*, Mandie Jenson*, David Anthony Smith*, Jonathan Dyrud*, Jessie Cope Miller*, Joe Wegner*, Jodi Dominick*, Jessika D. Williams, Steve Pickering*, Krista Harmon, Lynn Robert Berg* and Andy Nagraj*) celebrates during curtain call in Great Lakes Theater production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Katherina. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Katherina. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Bianca. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Petrucchio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Petrucchio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Baptista. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Gremio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Grumio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for the Haberdasher. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Hortensio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Litio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Lucentio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Lucentio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW costume design rendering for Tranio. (Designer: Leah Piehl)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW scenic design model. (Designer: Russell Metheny)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW scenic design model. (Designer: Russell Metheny)

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