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Hartwick Presents American Shakespeare Center’s “Taming of the Shrew”

September 18, 2017

The Hartwick College Department of Theatre Arts will present The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) On Tour’s production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 1 in the Slade Theater, Yager Hall, on the College campus. Tickets are free for Hartwick students, $5 for Hartwick faculty, staff, and students from other schools, and $10 for general admission.

The show is directed by ASC Director Jemma Alix Levy.

This hilarious comedy is much more than a battle of the sexes; it is also a profound look at the necessity of play in our lives. This production includes Shakespeare’s Induction, which presents the Kate and Petruchio story as a play within the play. Blending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married.

“In contemporary parlance, this is a rom-com,” said Levy. “Katherine’s fight to establish herself as equal to the men around her comes wrapped in the story of what happens when we fall in love. This is a play about how we change ourselves for others, both by choice and unknowingly. It looks at the ways in which we all perform for each other. Shakespeare uses comedy to make us look closely at how many of the compromises we make – to fit in, to attract others, to get what we want, to find happiness – are worth it, and how many are utterly ridiculous.”

The ASC will bring a unique performance style to Slade Theatre, blending Shakespeare’s stagecraft with modern sensibility. The company uses Shakespeare’s staging conditions: universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music. Shakespeare’s performance company couldn’t turn the lights out on the audience; actors and audience shared the same light. The ASC’s production shares light with the audience throughout the performance for a unique brand of audience contact rarely seen in theatre today.

The ASC is an established, professional theatre company based in Staunton, VA. Founded as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express in 1988, the ASC grew to international prominence and is now the home of the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre. ASC on Tour has performed in 46 U.S. states, one U.S. territory, and five other countries, over 29 years. The Wicked Folly Tour of 2017/18 features a line-up including Hilary Caldwell, Josh Clark, Topher Embrey, Ally Farzetta, J.C. Long, Mitchell McCollum, Kyle Powell, Annabelle Rollison, Ronald Román-Meléndez, Calder Shilling, and Constance Swain.

This will be the ASC’s only area performance of The Taming of the Shrew. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (607) 431-4227 or email theatre@hartwick.edu.

For more information about the American Shakespeare Center and its company productions, visit its website.