UW-Platteville to present 'The Taming of the Shrew'

October 10, 2012

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Fans of the former UW-Platteville Shakespeare Festival will be delighted to hear that a special production of “The Taming of the Shrew” is planned for the Center for the Arts stage. The Aquila Theatre Company performance of “The Taming of the Shrew” will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.

Aquila Theatre, originally founded in London, England in 1991 by Peter Meineck, is now based in New York City, N.Y. The Aquila Theatre Company is claimed to be one of the most inventive and daring theatre companies in the country.

According to the Aquila Theatre’s website, “The Taming of the Shrew” is set in the idyllic town of Padua and tells the story of the timeless battle of the sexes. Bianca, the beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. Katherina’s quick temper has frightened off every potential suitor. Feeling that they are running out of options, two suitors hire a newcomer named Petruchio to seduce and “tame” Katherina. After their exchanges of wisecracks and double entendres, Petruchio succeeds in dragging Katherina to the altar then away to his country home. Once there, the taming process begins, with both sides unwilling to yield.

From its earliest productions, “The Taming of the Shrew” has adapted with each generation. “The Taming of the Shrew” is one of Shakespeare’s most challenging comedies. Aquila’s production has been described by the New York Times as, “Gleefully engaging, and directed with a beautiful use of humor.”

Tickets for this event are $38 for general admission, $29 for faculty and senior citizens, $24 for children under 18 and $19 for UW-Platteville students (with current ID).

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling (608) 342-1298 or toll free at 1-877-727-1CFA. Tickets are also available online at tickets.uwplatt.edu.

The next event in the series is Katie Armiger on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Performing Arts Series and other performances visit uwplatt.edu/arts/cfa.

Contact: Michael Breitner, Arts Facilities and Series director, UW-Platteville, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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