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Shakespeare & Company Presents the Regional Premiere of The Taming by Lauren Gunderson

Previews begin May 27, Performances Run through July 30

*Link to Production Photos here.

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company opens its 39th Performance Season on Friday, May 27 with the regional premiere of The Taming. Written by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson, and directed by Company veteran Nicole Ricciardi, the outlandish and politically charged comedy plays at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre through July 30, 2016.

Super-patriot Miss Georgia has something bigger in mind for the Miss America pageant than winning a crown. She wants to jump-start a movement to rewrite the Constitution. So she's locked herself in a hotel room with two captive political opposites and the ensuing conflict plays out in hilarious fashion.

“This play is powerful, funny, clever—written for Seattle's Crowded Fire Theatre in 2013, Ms. Gunderson's play seems even more timely now,” says Director Nicole Ricciardi. “The playwright believes it is the perfect time to laugh at the many imperfections of our two-party system: 'There's great power in farce to disarm people and bring them together.' I tend to agree, as I am reminded of the old adage, it's only funny because it's true.”

Ricciardi’s production of The Taming features three Shakespeare & Company newcomers: Maddie Jo Landers, Tangela Large and Lucy Lavely. The creative team includes veteran Company Artists John McDermott (Set Design), James Bilnoski (Lighting Design), Amy Altadonna (Sound Design) and Esther Van Eek (Costume Design).

With a running time of 90 minutes, tickets for The Taming are available online at www.shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353 during box office hours. The Bernstein Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible including added enhancements this year. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

AT A GLANCE

Production: The Taming

Playwright: Lauren Gunderson

Director: Nicole Ricciardi

Set Designer: John McDermott^

Lighting Designer: James Bilnoski

Sound Designer: Amy Altadonna^

Costume Design: Esther Van Eek

Costume Design Assistant: Sierra Johnson

Voice and Text Coaching: Dennis Krausnick

Sound Board Op: Cooper Stone

Wardrobe: Melissa Ziccardi

Stage Manager: Fran Rubenstein*

Assistant Stage Manager: Matthew Luppino

Cast:

Patricia: Tangela Large*

Bianca: Lucy Lavely*

Katherine: Maddie Jo Landers*


THE TAMING SCHEDULE:

MAY

27 - 7:30 – Preview

28 - 7:30 – Preview

29 - 3:00 – Preview

JUNE

3 - 7:30 – Preview

4 - 7:30 – PRESS OPENING

5 - 3:00

10 - 3:00

11 - 7:30

12 - 3:00

17 - 7:30

18 - 3:00

19 - 7:30

22 - 7:30

25 - 7:30

26 - 3:00

28 - 7:30

30 - 7:30

JULY

2 - 3:00

6 - 8:30

7 - 3:00

9 - 8:30

10 - 3:00

12 - 8:30

13 - 3:00

15 - 3:00

16 - 3:00

20 - 8:30

21 - 8:30

23 - 8:30

24 - 3:00

26 - 8:30

27 - 8:30

30 - 8:30 – CLOSING

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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