The Taming of the Shrew 2014

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Directed by Johnna Wright, Set Design by Stephen Wade, Costume Design by Beverley Kobelsky

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The young student Lucentio, son of the rich Pisan Vincentio, has arrived in Padua to continue his philosophical studies.  Upon arrival, Lucentio falls madly in love with Bianca, daughter of the well-off Baptista; however two obstacles stand in his way.  Bianca is already being wooed by two other suitors she dislikes (Gremio and Hortensio), and her mother has declared that no one will be allowed to marry her until her older and more abrasive sister Katherine is married.  Lucentio and his servant Tranio devise a plan to switch identities, so that Lucentio can appear in disguise as a Latin teacher to woo Bianca behind her mother’s back.  Meanwhile, Hortensio plots a similar plan to disguise himself as a music teacher.  Petruchio of Verona arrives to visit Hortensio and mentions that he is in search of a rich woman to marry.  Hortensio tells Petruchio about the shrewish but wealthy Katherine, seeing an opportunity to remove her as an obstacle.  Upon meeting Katherine for the first time, Petruchio is immediately engaged in a battle of wits.  He strikes a deal with Baptista to marry Katherine the upcoming Sunday. In the mean time, Gremio and Tranio (on behalf of Lucentio) continue to vie for the hand of Bianca, with Tranio presenting a much bigger dowry.  Baptista wants assurance of this dowry, so Tranio plots to hire someone to play the part of Vincentio (Lucentio’s wealthy father).

On the wedding day of Petruchio and Katherine, Petruchio arrives late, puts on quite a scene, and is quick to whisk Katherine away to Verona to begin transforming her into a model housewife – but it may not as easy as he thinks.

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