The Taming of the Shrew
>July 7 - 8, 2017 | Free or VIP RESERVED TICKETS
Park performances Downtown Valparaiso
Central Park Plaza, Porter Health Amphitheater
>July 14 - 22, 2017 | PERFORMANCE CALENDAR
Ticketed performances at Chicago Street Theatre
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Baptista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca, will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suitor, Lucentio, arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger's affections in a tale that is filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit.
The Story: Baptista, a wealthy merchant of Padua, has two daughters: Katherina and Bianca. Because of Katherina's shrewish disposition, her father has declared that no one shall wed Bianca until such time as Katherina has been married. Lucentio of Pisa, one of many suitors to the younger and kinder Bianca, devises a scheme in which he and Tranio (his servant) will switch clothes, and thus disguised, Lucentio will offer his services as a tutor for Bianca in order to get closer to her. At his point, enter Petruchio of Verona, in Padua to visit his friend Hortensio (another suitor to Bianca). Attracted by Katherina's large dowry, Petruchio resolves to woo her.
To the surprise of everyone, Petruchio claims that he finds Katherina charming and pleasant. A marriage is arranged, and Petruchio immediately sets out to tame Katherina through a series of increasingly worse tricks. This involves everything from showing up late to his own wedding to constant contradictions to whatever she says, even to the point of claiming that the sun is in fact the moon. After many trying days and nights, an exhausted Katherina is indeed "tamed" into docility.
By the end of the play, Lucentio has won Bianca's heart and Hortensio settles for a rich widow in Padua. During an evening feast for Bianca and Lucentio, Petruchio makes and wins a wager in which he proposes that he has the most obedient wife of all the men there, at which point Katherina gives Bianca a lecture on how to be a good and loving wife herself.