Aug 4-13, 2017

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

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Sit by my side, and let the world slip: We shall ne'er be younger.

CSF kicks off its 60th season with a zany comedy set in swinging 1940s New York City. Enter Kate, a plucky pilot who’s just returned from the fray of World War II, and her stubborn match, Petruchio. On the vibrant streets of Little Italy, the two duke it out in a battle of wits, dance the night away and discover, against all odds, a mutual respect that’s almost like being in love.

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Plot Synopsis

Lucentio of Pisa arrives in Padua with his servant Tranio and falls in love with Bianca, but he learns that her father, the wealthy Baptista, will allow no suitors to Bianca until his elder daughter Katherina weds. Baptista vows to keep his daughters at home to study with tutors until they marry. Hortensio and Gremio, two of Bianca’s suitors, decide to find a husband for Kate. Tranio suggests that Lucentio disguise himself as the poetry tutor Cambio in order to woo Bianca, and Tranio will take his place as Lucentio in Padua.


Petruchio and his servant Grumio arrive in Padua. Petruchio visits his friend Hortensio and shares his plans to catch a wealthy wife. Learning of Kate, a woman with a sizable dowry but a sharp tongue, Petruchio decides to pursue her. At Baptista’s house, Petruchio offers Hortensio in disguise as the music tutor Licio. Gremio offers the poetry tutor Cambio, charging him to woo Bianca for Gremio, not knowing that Cambio is Lucentio in disguise, aiming to woo Bianca for himself.


Baptista accepts Petruchio’s bid to marry Kate. On their wedding day, Petruchio is late and stirs up trouble at the ceremony. After the wedding, Petruchio hastily whisks Kate away to his home in Verona. In Padua, Baptista prepares for the wedding of Bianca, now promised to Tranio disguised as Lucentio. Hortensio leaves and plans to marry a wealthy widow. Tranio finds a Pedant to pretend to be Vincentio to bless the marriage of Lucentio and Bianca.


At Petruchio’s house, Kate is starved of food and rest, while Petruchio behaves erratically. Petruchio then tells Kate they will return to Baptista’s house. On the way, Kate vows that she is done fighting and will be a partner to Petruchio, no longer an opponent. On the road, they encounter the real Vincentio, and all travel to Lucentio’s house. The disguised characters meet their counterparts and Vincentio and Baptista meet for the first time.
The confusion is resolved and a wedding feast ensues. Petruchio starts a wager on whose wife is the most obedient, and when Bianca and the widow are sent for, they refuse to come. When Petruchio sends for Kate, she comes, brings the wives and shares her thoughts on wives’ duties to their husbands. The feast ends in merriment as Petruchio has won the bet, and the others marvel at his and Kate’s unconventional union.


-Bianca Gordon, Dramaturg

News & Reviews

University of Northern Colorado theatre professor Shelly Gaza will make her Colorado Shakes debut as Kate in a New York-centric, post-war The Taming of the Shrew. Scott Coopwood, a Marin Shakespeare Company and Portland Center Stage regular, will play Petruchio.

John Moore, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Last decade, on a Lake Tahoe stage, the Kate to Coopwood’s Petruchio was Carolyn Howarth, who will direct this summer’s “Hamlet.” But this time around, it’ll be Shelly Gaza, another CSF newcomer based in Greeley.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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If you’ve never enjoyed Shakespeare under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre in Boulder, this is a historic anniversary season in which to do so.

Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post

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Director Christopher DuVal leads a seasoned cast through a vibrant and vital take on the comedy ... The overall effect is a production that's far from static or removed. Even the most independent and stubborn heart can swoon in the face of true love.

A.H. Goldstein, Boulder Daily Camera

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Scott Coopwood is so perfectly cast as Petruchio, it’s as if he was born to play the role.

Ginny Quaney, PlayShakespeare.com

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[Shelly] Gaza is sublime, humoring Petruchio in much the manner that Katharine Hepburn would put up with foibles of men in the romantic comedies of her era.

Bob Bows, ColoradoDrama.com

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Scott Coopwood is an accomplished and assured actor.

Gary Zeidner, Boulder Weekly

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[Y]ou just need to catch a glimpse of that purple suit.

Quincy Snowdon, Aurora Sentinel

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The casting of Scott Coopwood as Petruchio and Shelly Gaza, making her CSF debut, as Katherina allows a subtle dance of emotions to evolve.

Beki Pineda, Boulder Magazine

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Director

Director

Christopher DuVal

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Cast

Scott Coopwood*

Petruchio

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Anne Sandoe

Widow

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Sam Sandoe

Gremio

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Christopher Joel Onken*

Lucentio

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Tony Ryan

Tranio

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Robert Sicular*

Baptista

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Shelly Gaza*

Katherina

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Casey Andree

Hortensio

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Rachel Turner

Bianca

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Matthew Schneck*

Grumio

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Meredith C. Grundei

Curtis

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David Derringer

Pedant; Tailor; Ensemble

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Ian Roy Fraser

Haberdasher; Ensemble

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Coleman Zeigen

Vincentio

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Michael Chen

Ensemble

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Evan Ector

Ensemble

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Ayla Sullivan

Ensemble

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Robert Wester

Ensemble

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Artistic Team

Scenic Designer

Caitlin Ayer^

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Assistant State Manager

Miranda Baxter*

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Sound Designer

Jason Ducat

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Costume Designer

Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Dramaturg

Bianca Gordon

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Assistant Fight Director

Ava Kostia

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Lighting Designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Stage Manager

Stacy R. Norwood*

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Choreographer

Erika Randall*

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