Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Gremlin Theatre
September 11 – 26, 2010

Marriage is sacred. Love is hell-bent.

The merchant Baptista has two daughters, and decrees that Bianca–the younger and fairer of the two–cannot be married before her strong-willed sister, Katherina. The student Lucentio falls hard for Bianca, and convinces his friend Petruchio to woo the shrew and get her out of the way. Kate will have none of it. The battle of wits has begun.

The Cast

Kate – Amber Bjork *
Bianca – MaryLynn Mennicke
Baptista – Muriel Bonertz
Petruchio – Grant Henderson
Gremio – H Wesley McClain
Lucentio – Ryan Henderson
Hortensio – Adam Qualls
Grumio – Anissa Brazill Gooch
Tranio – David Beukema
Biondello/Haberdasher – Katie Willer
Vincentio/servant – Delta Giordano
Widow/Tailor/Curtis – Claire Hayner
Pedant – Craig Johnson

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie *
Stage Manager – Lydia Bolder *
Assistant Stage Manager – Steve Soler
Directing Observer – Emma Gochberg
Dramaturg/Text Coach – Kit Gordon
Lighting Designer – Julia Carlis
Sound Designer – Katharine Horowitz
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson *
Set Designer – William G. Wallace
Graphic Designer – Kris Heding *
Photographer – Charlie Gorrill

* Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

“…one of the most compulsively funny highlights of the fall theater season…perfectly in-tune with modern sensibilities.” – The Examiner

“…this rendition of Shrew is ingeniously conceived and richly detailed. Rarely has the problem of this play been solved so neatly.” – Star Tribune

“It’s actually hard to review a production this solid, because there’s simply nothing wrong with it. …just embracing Shrew as written, Theatre Pro Rata creates a production that seems almost effortless in its delivery.” – TC Daily Planet

Lavender Magazine – Spotlight
MinnPost – Spotlight
City Pages – Spotlight
TC Theater Connection interview with Carin Bratlie, Grant Henderson, and Amber Bjork

 The Fun Stuff

Press Release

Study Guide

This activity was funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota Stage Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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