Taming of the Shrew, The by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


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The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and was inspired by classical Roman comedy and the Italian commedia dell'arte. Baptista Minola, a rich gentleman of Padua, has two daughters: Katherina, renowned for her sharp tongue, and Bianca, who is sought after by multiple suitors. Baptista decides that Bianca cannot marry until her elder sister finds a husband. Enter Petruchio, who has come to "wive it wealthily in Padua," and who is convinced by Bianca's suitors to woo Katherina. The play ultimately poses the question of who is the bigger shrew: Kate or Petruchio. The subplot involves the subterfuge employed by Lucentio to woo the lovely Bianca. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)Cast:Lord: Bob ShermanChristopher Sly: David LawrenceHostess, Widow: Neeru IyerPage: Arielle LipshawPlayers, Tranio, Nicholas: Elizabeth KlettFirst Huntsman, Peter: Glenn SimonsenServant, Haberdasher, Nathaniel: Laurie Anne WaldenBaptista Minola: Ernst PattynamaVincentio: Mark F. SmithLucentio: mbPetruchio: Bellona TimesGremio: Rat KingHortensio: Miriam Esther GoldmanBiondello: Matthew WardGrumio: Denny SayersCurtis: MGVestalPedant: Tom HackettKatherina: Kristin HughesBianca: Musicalheart1Tailor, Second Servant: Michael WolfSecond Huntsman: Katalina WattFirst Servant: Abigail BartelsThird Servant: vonJoseph: redaerPhilip: Lucy PerryNarrator: AvailleAudio edited by: Elizabeth Klett and Arielle Lipshaw

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