Frog & Peach Theatre Company Presents
The Taming Of The Shrew
Shakespeare’s Battle of the Sexes Royale!
Thursday, October 11, 2012 through Sunday, November 04, 2012
Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm – Sundays at 3pm
West End Theater, 263 West 86th St. (B’way and West End Ave.) Building, theater and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible. View Map
Box Office: Smarttix (212) 868-4444, or click SmartTix.com
Runs 1:45 (one intermission);
“a brave company that is a jewel of Off-Broadway” (Ronald Gross, NY Theater Buying Guide), will present a Felliniesque vision of Padua in its production of “The Taming of the Shrew” this October. Artistic Director Lynnea Bensondirects. The classic will be set in Italy in the early 1960s in order to comment on the effect of social class and money today: how they affect love, both romantic and filial.
The actors include: J.B. Alexander as Pedant, Alan Altschuler as Vincentio,Ilaria Amadasi as Widow, Brando Boniver as Biondello, Lenny Ciotti as Tranio, Eric Doss as Hortensio, David Elyha as Gremio, Erick Gonzalez as Petruchio, Vivian Landau as Baptista, Alexandra Poncelet Del Sole as Bianca, Amy Frances Quint as Katherina, Jack Sochet as Grumio, Joseph Urick and Philip Oros as Baptista’s personal assistants
Music for the production is by Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) and Ted Zurkowski. Set design is by Andy Estep.Lighting design is by Duane Pagano. Costume design is by Asa Benally.
Ms. Benson explains that Shakespeare probably wanted to make similar statements about contemporary English society and set the play in Italy because of the stereotype that Italians expressed themselves emotionally better than his countrymen. The conceit still works for Benson, who would hold a mirror up to New York society today by setting “Shrew” in a Felliniesque Padua of the early 1960s. ..
.. It’s a period when Italy’s horrible days of World War II were finally past; the old ways were still there but there was a return of pleasure and the enjoyment of luxurious things. In this setting, she can comment on the the “eternal students” of the Upper West Side, who remain tied to their parents’ luxury rather than go out on their own, and to the sex games that young women play in our time in our city. Baptista Minola is changed from the father of Katherina and Bianca to their mother, making her a fit companion to the Widow, with both women plowing gustily through their late husbands’ money and enjoying life as best they can.
The rest of the principals remain more or less true to their Shakespearean origins
“The Taming of the Shrew” will be presented in repertory with a series for young audiences, “Tinkerbell Theater,” which adapts Fairy Tales to theater with a “Rocky and Bullwinkle” touch. Two productions,
The West End Theater is located at 263 West 86th St. (B’way and West End Ave.). “The Taming of the Shrew” will be performed Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM beginning October 11 and running through November 4. General admission tickets are $18.00 and seniors and students are admitted for $12. For tickets call SMARTTIX at 212-868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. The building, theater and its restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
*Poster Design by Joseph Urick
**Press Representation: Jonathan Slaff http://www.jsnyc.com
About The Company
Frog and Peach Theatre Company (www.frogandpeachtheatre.org), now in its sixteenth season, is one of the Upper West Side’s most under-appreciated Shakespeare resources. It was co-founded by Ted Zurkowski and Lynnea Benson — both lifetime members of The Actors Studio– and is dedicated to bringing Shakespeare’s plays in a way that is thrilling, fast-paced, true to the text, and startlingly relevant to modern audiences. Director Lynnea Benson has directed over two dozen Shakespeare productions for Frog and Peach including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Twelfth Night,” “Cymbeline,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” (with Sidney Williams and Emmy-winner Camryn Grimes) “Richard III” (starring Anatol Yusef of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire); “Hamlet” (with Austin Pendleton as Claudius and The Ghost); “Richard II” (with Mr. Pendleton as Richard), “Macbeth” with Jason Kuschner in the title role, “The Merchant of Venice” and “King John” (with Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno as Blanche). Ms. Benson is Artistic Director and co-founder of Frog and Peach.