In The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare challenges our notions of love, lust, marriage and greed. On April 27 and 28, Shakespeare in the Square, a student group at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, will bring the play to life in the tradition of the traveling acting troupes that gallivanted through the town squares of Elizabethan England.
Shakespeare in the Square will run four performances of The Taming of the Shrew rain or shine, at NYU Stern's Gould Plaza at 4th and Mercer streets, on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 and 4:00 P.M. and on Sunday, April 28 at 1:00 and 4:00 P.M. Performances are free and open to the public.
“It’s part vaudeville, part Commedia dell’Arte, and total insanity,” said Rose Bochner, executive director and co-founder of Shakespeare in the square. “Audiences are encouraged to bring their own rotten tomatoes and watch out for pick-pockets (or rather, “actors”). This production is returning Shakespeare’s rowdiest play to its roots.”
The Taming of the Shrew is produced and performed entirely by NYU undergraduate students. The production team comprises: Bochner and co-director Dan Hasse; Producers Serena Adlerstein and Chris Corbo; Liz McGlone, Costume Design; Assistant Director, Chris Corbo; Fight Choreographer, Dan Hasse; Stage Manager, Amber Como; Properties Master, Frankie Oliva; Scenic Painter, Phil Falino; and Chris Dubrow, Music Director. Cast members include: Chris Brown, Chris Dooly, Flora Greeson, Dan Hasse, Chris Kappel, Elise Kibler, Taylor Myers, Susannah Perkins, Austin Short, James Swanson, Jake Winn.
Gould Plaza is easily accessible by subway: A,B,C,D,E,F,M to W. 4th St. Performances are free and open to the public. Seating is not provided.
About Shakespeare in the Square
Shakespeare in the Square was co-founded in November 2010 by Bochner and Hasse, the artistic director. The then freshmen set out to provide the only opportunity to watch and perform Shakespeare's work as it was intended—“under the sun and in front of a loud, standing, possibly distracted audience.” For more information, visit www.shakespeareinthesquare.com.