SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish is making a special guest appearance in an upcoming Shakespearean comedic play.
Curtain time for the New England Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of “Taming of the Shrew,” and Bish’s debut, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.
“Taming of the Shrew” is a love story crafted in a comedy. The young and demure Bianca can marry any man she wants, but not until her elder sister Kate has found a husband. Unfortunately for Bianca, Kate is so obnoxious that no man wants anything to do with her. Kate’s generous dowry tempts the blustering suitor Petruchio, who is certain he can “tame” the wild Kate. Sparks fly as marriage and mayhem take center stage in the classic play.
“From what I’ve seen of this production company, they tend to make everything really fun and approachable,” Bish explains. “It’s very much Shakespeare for everyone, rather than just targeting an elite audience.”
New England Shakespeare, a touring company based in Deerfield, N.H., is dedicated to telling Shakespeare’s stories by staging his plays in the original Elizabethan style. “Taming of the Shrew” features a cast of veteran Shakespeare performers. The production is directed by Demitra Papadinis, New England Shakespeare’s founder and Artistic Director.
“What I enjoy most about this show is that it’s just good fun,” Papadinis said. “It’s easy to get hung up on the Chauvinism, but I think the story is not only extremely funny but also very touching. We’re excited to stage ‘Shrew’ as what it is: a light-hearted comedy about two people setting aside their differences and coming together.”
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