EAC Theatre to perform Shakespeare’s, The Taming of the Shrew
By Lexi Heninger
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Department is performing William Shakespeare’s, The Taming of the Shrew, from November 16-18, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., and November 19, 2011, at 2 p.m., in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium under the direction of EAC theatre instructor, John Rice.
The Taming of the Shrew has been popular among audiences ever since Shakespeare wrote it over 400 years ago. This play follows the absurdly comic situations that result from the eternal struggles between men and women in the “battle of the sexes,” as young Petruchio tries to win the heart of Kate, the “shrew” of Padua.
Baptista Minola, a wealthy citizen of Padua, has two beautiful daughters. The younger of the two, Bianca, is docile, sweet and obedient. Everyone loves Bianca, and she has many young suitors out to win her heart. Kate, on the other hand, is not docile, sweet, nor obedient. She is known throughout Padua as a shrew, a bad tempered, aggressively assertive woman. Kate has an attitude, and no one wants to marry her—or even get within reach of her merciless arm!
This creates a problem for Baptista, since he does not want Katherine living in his house for the rest of her life, or his! So, he issues a mandate: no one is allowed to marry beautiful Bianca until “Katherine the Curst hath got a husband.” The situation seems hopeless for Bianca and her suitors, until Petruchio comes to town with every intention of getting married to someone; especially if that someone happens to be rich. He hears of Kate, and sees her personality flaws as an entertaining challenge. Petruchio and Kate are introduced; they get married and live happily ever after. “Of course, there are one or two bumps-in-the-road between the introduction and the happily ever after,” says Rice, “and those bumps are what become The Taming of the Shrew.”
Admission for The Taming of the Shrew is $5 per person. Full-time EAC students and faculty will be admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228.