Gaslight is excited to partner with The Riverfront Parks Committee to present one final performance of The Taming of the Shrew for "Shakespeare on the River!" This performance is free and open to the public!
July 11 @ 6:30 PM
Northampton Street Amphitheater Portal
Rain Location: Downtown Arts at 47 N. Franklin Street
ABOUT THE SHOW
William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Baptista’s two daughters: the younger, ideal woman Bianca who is courted by many suitors and her older, headstrong sister Katharina, condemned as a shrew by all others. With Baptista’s decree that Kate must be wed before Bianca, her suitors quickly attempt to find Kate a willing mate. Conveniently arriving in Padua to “wive and thrive,” Petruchio rises to the challenge of this marital obstacle and seeks to tame Kate with psychological mistreatment until she become a desirable and obedient wife. Unbeknownst to him, Kate is well aware of his ploy and looks to match not only his wit but also his unorthodox courtship. Through all manner of comedic torment, Kate and Petruchio eventually give way to each other’s taming attempts and, to their surprise, find honest love and respect for one another where no one else can. Although presented in a semi-traditional format, this staging discards many of the often controversial themes in favor of empowerment and equality, which speaks volumes in 2018’s social climate.
The show is directed by Brandi George and Dave Reynolds. The cast includes Mollie Dooley (Kingston); Eyanna Gruver (Forty Fort); Mike Little (Forty Fort); Dane Bower (West Wyoming); Sean McKeown (Wilkes-Barre); Mike Wawrzynek (Forty Fort); Jonathan Vojtko (Wilkes-Barre); Robert Klubeck (Wilkes-Barre); John Bepper (Wilkes-Barre); Andrew Martinez (Philadelphia); Ashley Surdovel (Topton); Susan Parrick (Forty Fort); Laine Little (Forty Fort) ; Milana Grigoriev (Wilkes-Barre); D.J. Nat (Plains); and Jarrett Gabriel (Ashley).