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The Taming

The Taming

"...an often hilarious romp across the liberal-conservative divide...The Taming is an uproarious good time." - Albany Times Union

Inside the heightened, cheerfully absurd world of The Taming, Gunderson spanks America’s sound-bite politics, wrestles with a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes, and proves the point that true debate is hot. In a hilarious red-state versus blue-state comedy originally inspired by the banter in The Taming of the Shrew, America’s overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses.

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Lucy Lavely, Maddie Jo Landers, Tangela Large. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Tangela Large, Lucy Lavely, Maddie Jo Landers. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Tangela Large, Lucy Lavely. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Tangela Large, Maddie Jo Landers. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Lucy Lavely, Tangela Large. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Tangela Large, Lucy Lavely. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Maddie Jo Landers, Tangela Large. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Maddie Jo Landers. Photo by Enrico Spada.

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Maddie Jo Landers

Maddie Jo Landers

(Katherine, et al) Maddie Jo is excited to be making her debut at S&Co. She originally hails from Houston, TX and now resides in New York City. TV credits include Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Royal Pains. Favorite theatre credits include Vanda in Venus in Fur, more(Katherine, et al) Maddie Jo is excited to be making her debut at S&Co. She originally hails from Houston, TX and now resides in New York City. TV credits include Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and Royal Pains. Favorite theatre credits include Vanda in Venus in Fur, Catherine in The Foreigner, Edwin Drood in the Mystery of Edwin Drood, Princess in Loves Labors Lost, and Claire in Proof. Maddie Jo is a proud alumni of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Tangela Large

Tangela Large

(Patricia, et al) Tangela is incredibly excited to be a part of the S&Co family for her first season. Credits: ’16 IRNE award for Best Solo Performance in Mr. Joy (ArtsEmerson); Intimate Apparel (Chautauqua Theatre); Serial Black Face (Long Warf staged reading); MR. JOY! (City Theatre); Orpheus Descending and Henry more(Patricia, et al) Tangela is incredibly excited to be a part of the S&Co family for her first season. Credits: ’16 IRNE award for Best Solo Performance in Mr. Joy (ArtsEmerson); Intimate Apparel (Chautauqua Theatre); Serial Black Face (Long Warf staged reading); MR. JOY! (City Theatre); Orpheus Descending and Henry IV (Intiman Theatre Festival), pen/man/ship (Magic Theatre). Nominated for a Motif Award for Best Supporting Actress for Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike (Trinity Rep in Providence, RI). Tangela was also in Clybourne Park and Comedy of Errors (Chautauqua Institution's 2013 season). Tangela earned her MFA in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Programs.

Lucy Lavely

Lucy Lavely

(Bianca, et al) Lucy hails from the 203 & is thrilled to be making her S&Co debut. NYC: The Widow of Tom’s Hill (59 East 59), Knots (Fringe NYC), Henry IV (Inwood Shakes). Regional: Chicken Shop (US Premiere-Urbanite Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Pioneer Theatre), Other Desert Cities, The Grapes more(Bianca, et al) Lucy hails from the 203 & is thrilled to be making her S&Co debut. NYC: The Widow of Tom’s Hill (59 East 59), Knots (Fringe NYC), Henry IV (Inwood Shakes). Regional: Chicken Shop (US Premiere-Urbanite Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Pioneer Theatre), Other Desert Cities, The Grapes of Wrath, Romeo and Juliet (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Banyan Theatre). Proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, MFA Asolo Conservatory. Rainbows of love to this girl power team, the S&Co team, & to YOU for coming to spend your night at the theatre!

Nicole Ricciardi

Nicole Ricciardi

(Director) Fifth season with S&Co: Director of The Taming in 2016; The How and the Why in 2015; Cassandra Speaks in 2012, and Richard II in 2013 (Assistant Director). Nicole is a New York City-based director, actress, and instructor, who has directed, assisted, and/or developed work at Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, more(Director) Fifth season with S&Co: Director of The Taming in 2016; The How and the Why in 2015; Cassandra Speaks in 2012, and Richard II in 2013 (Assistant Director). Nicole is a New York City-based director, actress, and instructor, who has directed, assisted, and/or developed work at Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre, #serials at the Flea, Circle East Repertory, Two River Theater Company, Primary Stages, Bushwick Arts, the Nora Theater Company, Shadow Lawn Stage, Irish Repertory, New Century Theatre (Time Stands Still, July 2016), and with her own company, The Wild Court. She currently teaches for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Nicole received her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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