As its final production of its highly successful 2016 season, Redwood Curtain presents Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrews, adapted and directed by Peggy Metzger. One of Shakepeare’s most enigmatic comedies, Shrew’s contentious love story continues to engage and surprise. This adaptation features a cast of eight, highlighting the hilarious and fiery love story of sharp-tongued Katharine and the swaggering Petruchio that supposes: just who is taming whom?
“I’ve been talking about doing an adaptation of Shrew for years,” explained Metzger. “Clint finally held my feet to the fire and correctly said the only way I would ever get around to doing it, is if we committed to it on a season.”
Metzger’s approach turns “taming” on its head. “I’ve always thought Petruchio was a swaggering braggart – much more deplorable than she. I believe they are meant for each other. It’s really a love story between these two strong-willed people.” Asked if she made changes to the text, Metzger replied, “Aside from trimming and simplifying, I made just a few changes – but the way we are playing it is, I think, very different than how it is usually played. I think those who know they play will be surprised, and everyone will be entertained.”
Metzger trimmed the play so it could be performed by a total of eight actors playing approximately twenty roles – Kate and Petruchio, and six “players” who play all the other parts. James Hitchcock plays the swaggering Petruchio and Natasha White plays the fiery Katherina. The players are Gary Bowman, Bradley Harrington, Charlie Heinberg, Jessi Shieman, Gary Sommers and Greta Turney.
Jared Sorenson creates the scenic design, Michael Burkhart the lighting, Bethany Lamoreaux the costumes, and Jon Turney the sound. Yvette Faust stage manages.
Details about the play, Season 2016, and ticketing are on the Redwood Curtain website: www.redwoodcurtain.com.
The Taming of the Shrews previews on Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28 with $10 tickets, and opening night with Gala champagne reception is Saturday, October 29, with tickets at $20. Performances continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through November 19. Cheap date Thursdays on November 2, 9, and 16, two tickets for $20. A 2pm Sunday Matinee takes place on November 13, with tickets at $15. Ticket price on Friday and Saturday (except Gala) nights is $15.
Redwood Curtain is located at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka. Main entrance through Snug Alley. As the theatre is intimate with only 80 seats, reservations are highly recommended, and there is no late seating. Evening performances begin promptly at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.