THEATER AND DANCE

Aquila Theatre Company presents: The Taming of the Shrew

Posted Sept. 08, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schaeffer Theater, Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston, Maine

For more information: Carly Bouchard; 207-782-7228; laarts.org

Aquila Theatre Company, in collaboration with L/A Arts and Bates College, will perform William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, at Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

A pre-show discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Bates Chapel, 275 College St. Lewiston. Pre-show discussions will be facilitated by a noted local scholar. Pre-show performance discussion is free, and tickets for this wonderful performance are $15, with limited seating available. To make reservations for tickets, please contact L/A Arts, 207-782-7228 or go online to purchase tickets at www.laarts.org. Bates students should contact Michael Reidy, Head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Bates to reserve their free tickets.

Set in the idyllic town of Padua, “The Taming of the Shrew” tells the story of the timeless battle of the sexes. Bianca Minola, the beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. Katherina’s quick temper and acerbic wit, however, frighten off every potential suitor. Feeling that they are running out of options, two suitors hire a newcomer named Petruchio to seduce and “tame” Katherina. After their exchanges of wisecracks and double entendres, Petruchio succeeds in dragging Katharina to the altar then away to his country home. Once there, the taming process begins, with both sides unwilling to yield.

From its earliest productions at the Globe to Michael Bogdanov’s 1978 production at the Royal Shakespeare Company to Gil Junger’s modern retelling, “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Shrew” has proven itself adaptable to each new generation. The story, with its domestic power plays and controversial depiction of marriage, has been the subject of multiple operas and the backdrop for Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me Kate.”

For more information about Aquila Theatre Company please visit their website at http://aquilatheatre.com

For more information about this and other L/A Arts events please visit their website at www.laarts.org

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