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Who Calls Kate Angry?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0639  Wednesday, 6 April 2005

[1]     From:   Alan J. Sanders <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005 11:26:51 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005 13:27:33 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?

[3]     From:   James Doyle <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 10:56:57 +0100
        Subj:   Who Calls Kate Angry


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From:           Alan J. Sanders <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005 11:26:51 -0400
Subject: 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?

If I read this correctly (and remember it from a past production) this
seems to imply that Kate, in her shrewish response to Petruchio, senses
that her father is about to say something as well.  She snaps at her
father, cutting him off before he can utter a sound, likely leaving him
pointing with dropped jaw, putting him in his place.  She then pauses
before looking back at Petruchio and, deciding to treat him like some
odd, but momentarily interesting pet, continues her line speaking more
to herself than anyone in particular.

Of course, this is one way to 'direct' the scene.

IMHO.

Alan

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005 13:27:33 -0500
Subject: 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0625 Who Calls Kate Angry?

Yes, it works well reassigning the line, but it works just as well
keeping it as Petruchio's. If you keep it that way, you continue the gag
whereby Kate and the others presume she will yet overpower P and have
things her way. This is begun when Petruchio first answers, "I am
content." You could argue that he then undoes it by saying he's going
anyway, but he has not yet shown that he plans to drag Kate, kicking and
screaming, along with him.

The interruptions don't matter-that is, since Shakespeare didn't bother
to write in elaborate stage directions, as a modern playwright would,
you can't tell for certain who is doing what. Baptista could easily be
trying to intervene in the private quarrel, and be shushed before he can
get a word in.

As it happens I have been in productions that kept the original text and
reassigned it to Baptista (both times playing the latter), and thought
it worked well either way.

Cheers,
don

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From:           James Doyle <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 10:56:57 +0100
Subject:        Who Calls Kate Angry

In response to David Crosby's suggestion of reassigning the lines from
Petruchio to Baptista, I can only say that having Katherine swing
abruptly from dealing with Petruchio to dealing with her father is a
very effective moment on stage; having directed it twice, my two
Katherines have elicited gasps and laughs respectively by their delivery
here.

James Doyle

P.S.  Please don't call Katherine 'Kate' - see II.1.183-4  :)

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