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The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare
Host: Darko Tresnjak
Monday, May 18, 2015

A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor in this excellent introduction to Shakespearean comedy. The freebooter Petruchio arrives in Padua to hear of Katharina, a beautiful heiress whose waspish rants and caustic personality have repelled all attempts at courtship. Professing to admire a woman of spirit, Petruchio immediately sets about his wooing. The initial encounter between Kate and her wily suitor is spiked with impassioned exchanges of blows as well as jests. After a madcap wedding ceremony, the still-protesting Kate is whisked away to be “killed with kindness” and reborn as a loving wife.

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AfterWords Discussion

May 26, June 2, 3

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE


LGBT Night Out

May 21, 6:15pm

Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE


Sunday Afternoon Discussion

May 24 (immediately following the 2:00pm matinee)

Percussionist Ed FastEd Fast
Percussionist for Kiss Me, Kate
Hartt School Instructor, Percussion and Latin Jazz

Since 1995, Ed Fast has been involved in a variety of musical projects throughout Connecticut, New York and around the world. Most recently, Ed was the drummer on the national tour of Chicago, and he recently performed with Chita Rivera on the national tour of A Dancer’s Life. In New York, he performed on Broadway as the drummer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Radio City Music Hall and a sub for Chicago. Ed also performed with Broadway touring shows in Moscow, China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. He was Music Director of the Hartford-based youth group, Latin Flavor, at the Havana International Festival of Jazz (Cuba).

In the Hartford area, Ed has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and at the Mohegan Sun Casino with such stars as Aretha Franklin, Charo, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Paul Anka, and Martin Short. Ed has performed at the Bushnell with many national Broadway tours including WickedShow BoatMusic Man and West Side Story. Ed is the leader and founder of Conga-Bop, a Latin jazz ensemble.

Ed studied with Alexander Lepak and holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Hartt School of Music.

(Bio and photo courtesy of The Hartt School)


Open Captioned Performances

May 31, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE


Audio Described Performances

June 6, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE