The Denver Center Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's comedy THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, playing the Stage Theatre through February 26. Tickets may be purchased now, by calling 303.893.4100 or visiting www.denvercenter.org.
About the show: "Hilarity ensues when ladies-man Petruchio takes on the challenge of transforming the wild and stubborn Kate into his loving bride, putting her through a set of physical and mental hoops that grow more and more absurd. Once the dust has settled, could what emerges be called a marriage of true minds? Set in 1950's America, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW boasts a visually fun and engaging set design as well as costumes of the same era. DCTC Artistic Director Kent Thompson wanted a period that exemplified defined roles for men and women, "when men were anything they wanted to be and women were… well, housewives." Although the play has come under criticism by feminists, it's still very popular," said Thompson who also directs the production. Thompson views the play not as merciless gender warfare but as a battle of the equals, 'the kind of fight between two people who are outside the norms of the conventional society…Two people with larger than life personalities who fight their way through their romance and end up being in love.'"
The cast of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW includes Kathleen McCall (Othello) as the fiery Katherine, John G. Preston (Pierre, After Ashley) as ladies-man Petruchio, Christy McIntosh (debut) as Bianca, John-Michael Marrs (The Liar) as Hortensio, Drew Cortese (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Liar) as Lucentio, Robert Sicular (The Liar, Superior Donuts) as Baptista Minola and Andrew Schwartz (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird) as Grumio.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is directed by DCTC Artistic Director Kent Thompson. Set design is by David M. Barber (Map of Heaven, Richard III) while costume design is by Susan Branch Towne (A Flea in Her Ear, King Lear). Lighting design is by Tom Sturge (White Christmas), sound design is by Craig Breitenbach (To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night's Dream), fight direction is by Gregory Hoffman (debut) and musical composition is by Gregg Coffin (The Liar, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Dramaturgy is by Ely Bowlby (The Liar) while dialect and vocal coaching is by Kathryn G. Maes, Ph. D (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird). Fight captain is Andrew Schwartz.
Single tickets for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW start at $35 (non-SCFD) and also are available for $10 (SCFD 10 for $10 program) and are on sale now. To purchase, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. Groups of 10 or more, please call 303.446.4829. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Tickets also may be purchased at the Denver Center
Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at www.denvercenter.org. Student $10 rush ticket are available one hour prior to curtain with a valid student ID subject to availability. Senior and military rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain, subject to availability. No children under six will be admitted to any theatre. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is recommended for ages 6 and up. We encourage families to attend together.
This production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is generously supported by Producing Partners Sheri and Lee Archer, Katy Atkinson, Isabelle Clark, Mike and Diana Kinsey, Dennis and Anita Lacey, Martin and Jo Ann Semple and Ruth Silver. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is part of the Denver Center Theatre Company 2011/12 season, which is generously supported by the Steinberg Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Advisors, Ashford University, Larimer Square and SCFD. Media sponsorship for DCTC is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Please visit our website at www.denvercenter.org.