SMC to stage Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
Western-themed production will let audiences decide if the play satirizes or condones domestic violence
From its first performance in the 16th century, William Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, has delighted, confused and angered audiences. The play depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the titular headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio “tames” her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant and obedient bride.
The question of whether the play is misogynistic or not has become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences and readers, said Neill Hance, Director of SMC Theatre.
“Despite people claiming it may be negative toward women, more than anything else, we believe the play is ultimately a love story,” said Hance.
The SMC production will set the play in the American west of the 1900s. The play is also being taught in some SMC English courses this fall.
Performance schedule, location and ticket prices:
Nov. 2-4: 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5: 2:30 p.m.
$5 General Admission
Gibbs Auditorium, Ellis Hall
Spartanburg Methodist College
1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg