Taming of the Shrew: A Role Reversal

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Script-In-Hand
In the latest installment of the Library’s popular Script-in-Hand series, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers a unique performance of The Taming of the Shrew. All characters switch genders – Katherine becomes a male (Kit), Petruchio a female (Petruchia) – lending the battle-of-the-sexes comedy new context.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Program: 
1:30 pm

“If I be waspish,” the tempestuous Katherine says early in Act 2 of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, “best beware my sting.”

The overall tone is light and comic, but one of the Bard’s earliest comedies takes a more serious tone in exploring such larger social issues as the proper relation of the sexes in marriage. The latest installment of the Library’s popular Script-in-Hand series features the
Kansas City’s Heart of America Shakespeare Festival reversing the gender of all the characters, casting those themes in a different context. Katherine becomes a male, Kit. Petruchio is a female, Petruchia. Per Shakespeare’s intent, it provokes both laughs and thought.

The event is part of the McMeel Family Shakespeare Series in collaboration with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.