Tuesday, September 3rd and Tuesday, October 1st at 6:45 PM
The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Lower Level Meeting Room
2115 Park Boulevard (at President’s Way) San Diego, CA 92101
LOTS OF FREE PARKING IN ADJACENT LOT RIGHT OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM!
“I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.”
One reviewer once rashly suggested that this “barbaric, disgusting play” be permanently shelved. He soon recanted but his impulsive edict is a measure of the problems the play poses. Different directors seek different solutions. One answer, as in Toby Frow’s revival at Shakespeare’s Globe (2012), is to suggest that the whole play is the fantasy of a drunken tinker. Another popular one is to imply that Petruchio and Kate fall in love at first sight and simply play out a mock-violent charade. A third solution is to transpose the action to a new setting as in the teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).
Patricia Elmore Costa is the founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre She is a professional actor, director, producer, writer and educator of theatre and
communication arts. She has directed and acted in projects in San Diego: The Old Globe
Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, North Coast Repertory
Theatre, Playwrights Project, 6th @ Penn Theatre, and San Diego Actors Theatre. Her
Shakespeare credits include: Juliet in Measure for Measure, Chicago; Touchstone & Rosalind in As You Like It, Baptista & Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Lady M in Macbeth, Ophelia & Hamlet in Hamlet, and Olivia in Twelfth Night in San Diego.
You’re invited! All ages welcome. Free. We recast after every scene so all who want to get a chance to read. All casting is non-gender specific so women can read men’s roles and vice-versa. If you’d like to just listen that’s OK too. Please bring a copy of the play if possible. We MAY have a couple of extra copies. Your cell phones can also bring up the text. The benefit to you when you read Shakespeare out loud is that you sharpen your cold reading skills whether you’re an actor or someone who just enjoys speaking and hearing the wonderful poetry and graceful language. It doesn’t hurt your street cred either.
You will meet others who share your interest in Shakespeare and theater. We look forward to seeing you here!
photo credit: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre