The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0976 Tuesday, 24 May 2005
From: Geoff Pond <
Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2005 00:38:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Subterranean Shakespeare Presents The Taming of the Shrew
Subterranean Shakespeare Presents
The Taming Of The Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Bentley
We are staging Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in a refreshingly
new and controversial production. It is inspired by the Promise Keepers,
and fueled by the many right-wing men's groups that have gone back to
the Bible to ensure their manhood and to secure women's place in a
traditionalist home. New to the San Francisco theatre scene,
award-winning and critically acclaimed Canadian Director Tom Bentley
(tombentley.net for more info on the director) brings his skills to Sub
Shakes in an exciting production featuring barbershop harmony, biblical
masks and provocative comedic interpretations. His controversial
staging will shock anyone who thinks feminist action is no longer
necessary. It will irritate anyone who searches for salvation in
fundamentalist thought. It will speak to the angst in our times, and to
the new trends threatening to keep women under the thumb of men. This
production is a "must see". Tom Bentley and his cast of nine talented
Bay Area Actors expose both the comedy and the dark disturbing side of
Shakespeare. They emphasize the taming, not the shrew. You'll leave
the theatre with a new awareness of the conformist girdles squeezing
Righteous Men and Women alike.
The accomplished cast includes Celia Aurora de Blas, Brian Gruber, Lewis
Heathcote, David Klausner, Mary Mackey, Drew Mcauliffe, Scott Nordquist,
Daegan Palermo, and GreyWolf. Set and costume design is by Nicole
Hollis and sound design/ music director Michael Woody.
The Taming of the Shrew runs Thursdays through Saturdays from May 26th
to June 24th 8pm. (no show June 2) at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275
Walnut (near Rose) in Live Oak Park, Berkeley.
For reservations and info call 510 -276-3871.
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