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April 2008

Release Date: April 16, 2008

Shakespeare Comedy Next Up for Arts at ASU

Arts at ASU’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” brings the classic comedy’s dialogue into the modern era while keeping period costumes, beginning Thursday, April 24.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. April 24-26, May 1-3 and 2 p.m. April 27 in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building’s Modular Theatre, 2602 Dena Drive. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students, faculty and staff.

In the play, a desperate nobleman offers the hand of his lovely younger daughter, Bianca, to anyone who can find a husband for his not-so-nice older daughter, Katharina.

Bianca’s suitors don disguises and impersonate tutors, all trying to find a way around her father’s restrictions. One of the suitors, Petruchio, learns that taming Katharina won’t be so easy in this battle of the sexes.

James Worley, associate professor of drama and the play’s director, updated Shakespeare’s dialogue with his adaptation of the comedy.

“I’m bringing the language more toward a modern-day vernacular while keeping the original poetic rhythm of the Bard’s original words,” Worley said. “I’m not changing the story at all, but the characters will be a little easier for a present-day San Angelo audience to understand.”

The play will be presented “arena-style,” where the audience surrounds the stage and actors.

“No spectator will be more than 15 feet from the stage,” Worley said. “This intimate arrangement often serves to make the events of the play more immediate to the audience.”

Reservations may be made by calling 942-2000. For more information on the production and cast, contact Worley at 942-2318.