February 2, 2013 • 8:00 p.m.
Fall madly – for Kate, Roxanne, or both. Based in New York and London, Aquila Theatre Company’s “two plays in one weekend” is an Asheville tradition. Back-to-back, experience the same remarkably talented cast in different roles, often dissimilar in nature. Aquila is one of the foremost producers of touring theater and is widely renowned for its innovative takes and clever staging of great works throughout the United States and abroad. Asheville audiences, from theatre scholars to those simply seeking a fun and entertaining night out, have come to know and anticipate the annual repertory offering of this vastly creative company.
About The Taming of the Shrew: Set in the idyllic town of Padua, The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of the timeless battle of the sexes. Bianca Minola 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. 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.
Intersections - Pre-Show Discussion:
Ticket holders can enhance their theatre experience by attending a free
pre-performance discussion in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00 p.m. The pre-show discussion for The Taming of the Shrew on February 2 is lead by Dr. Mario DiCesare, former professor at the State University of New York. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first served basis. We regret that we may not admit patrons to the discussion after 7:10 p.m.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council
Theatre Series Sponsors
Frank & Maureen Hantke