Grab a blanket or chairs and a picnic basket for outdoor performances of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at Moraine Valley Community College, July 21 to 24. Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show begins at 3 p.m.
The Academic Theater production will be performed on the college’s Gateway, between Buildings M and F, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. In the event of inclement weather, the play will move into the Dorothy Menker Theater inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Moraine Valley’s new Shakespeare Garden will debut on opening night. Guests can walk the brick pathways through the garden, which features foliage that can be found in many of The Bard’s works as well as benches and a sundial. The garden is located on the north side of the Fine and Performing Arts Center and is open to visitors year-round.
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a hilarious tale of how men might try to create the “perfect” wife…whatever that may be! Petruchio hears about the dowry offered for the man who can tame and marry the strong-willed – and terrifying – Kate. The situation becomes a bawdy battle of the sexes since her younger sister, Bianca, cannot marry one of her many suitors until Kate has a husband.
This production is being directed by Dr. Craig Rosen, professor of Theater and Academic Theater program coordinator. The cast list is:
- Baptista: Dan Scott, of Des Plaines
- Katherine: Stephanie Lewis, of Chicago
- Bianca: Jenny Oz, of Palos Heights
- Petruchio: Tim McCarthy, of Chicago
- Lucentio: Kevin Ross, of Hickory Hills
- Gremio: Jonathan May, of Summit
- Hortensio: Thayer Haywood, of Palos Heights
- Vincentio: Joseph Nowinski, of Chicago Ridge
- Tranio, Brian Walsh, of Chicago
- Biendelo: Pam Bagdzinski, of Chicago
- Grumio: Rose Stovicek, of Hickory Hills
- Pedant: Jack Higgins, of Chicago
- Widow: Jennifer Paulos, of Alsip
- Tailor: Bobby Wojciechowski, of Palos Hills
- Haberdasher: John Reidy, of Palos Park
- Nathaniel/Messenger: RJ Cecott, of Hickory Hills
- Nicholas/Officer: Margaret Pesquera, of Alsip
- Josephine/Servant: Brandie Lorenzen, of Blue Island
- Peter/Baptista’s Servant: Erik Stewart, of Evergreen Park
- Curtis/Officer: James Smith, of Alsip
- Phillip: Chris Diaz, of Homewood
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