PORTLAND SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
For our Third Season, Portland Shakespeare Project is thrilled to present:
The Taming of the Shrew
July 10 through August 4
The Tamer Tamed
July 24, 27, 28, 31 and August 3 and 4
Or You May Call the Box Office at Artists Repertory Theatre at
For show dates and times, ticket prices, cast lists and pre-and post-show discussions and other audience enrichment programs for The Taming of the Shrew
For show dates and times, ticket prices, cast lists and pre- and post-show and other audience enrichment programs for The Tamer Tamed
LEAR’S FOLLIES NOMINATED FOR ANGUS BOWMER AWARD
Portland Shakespeare Project congratulates CS Whitcomb on the nomination of Lear’s Follies for the 2013 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama. The Angus Bowmer Award is part of the Oregon Book Awards. Portland Shakespeare Project commissioned CS Whitcomb to write Lear’s Follies, and the show made its world-premier debut last summer at Portland Shakespeare Project. The Oregon Book Awards ceremony will take place on April 8, at 7:30 pm, at the Gerding Theatre.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT OUR THIRD SEASON
Artistic Director Michael Mendelson will direct the The Taming of the Shrew, which was adapted by Cole Porter for his famous musical, Kiss Me Kate, and is the basis for the film 10 Things I Hate About You. Michael says: “I am excited to explore the lengths a person will go to to transform somebody they love into the person they wish them to be. Do we gain a healthier and more fruitful relationship or do we lose the essence and spark of what ignited our passion and drew us to the person in the first place? There is no better journey than that of Kate and Petruchio to explore love and marriage in both a traditional sense and one for a modern sensibility. I can hardly wait to begin the journey.”
Associate Artistic Director Michael Nehring will direct The Tamer Tamed which was written by John Fletcher as a sequel to The Taming of the Shrew. John Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare on two plays and succeeded Shakespeare as the playwright for the King’s Men. Michael says: “I am so excited to share this play in a staged reading with our audiences. It is not only an under appreciated gem of comic writing, but it is a surprisingly fresh response to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Imagine Petruchio re-married to Maria, a wife that argues for women’s rights and for a taming of male dominance. She is smart, rational, and humorous and her radical views are catching on with her friends! None of Petruchio’s tactics seem to be working! Critics have referred to the play as being ‘proto-feminist,’ which is fascinating because The Tamer Tamed was written by John Fletcher and was first published in 1647! Expect some terrific talk back sessions, scholarly presentations, and heated discussions as we examine these two plays in back-to-back Portland Shakespeare Project productions”.
We hope you will join us for these wonderful comedies next summer.
PROFESSOR MICHAEL NEHRING JOINS PORTLAND SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Portland Shakespeare Project is very pleased to announce that Michael E. Nehring, Professor of Theatre at Chapman University in Orange, California, has joined Portland Shakespeare Project as its new Education Director and as its Associate Artistic Director.
Professor Nehring is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer, and teacher. He has been a founding member of several successful theatre companies including Shakespeare Orange County, for which he has played leading roles such as Prospero, Shylock, Benedick, Iago, Malvolio, Polonius, Caliban and all the Shakespearean fools. He has taught classes for the past two summers at Portland Shakespeare Project.
Professor Nehring will assume responsibility for continuing to develop a strong education program for actors, students and interested theatre-goers at Portland Shakespeare Project, and he will be directing The Tamer Tamed this summer.
DANIEL POLLACK-PELZNER JOINS PORTLAND SHAKESPEARE PROJECT
Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Scholar in Residence. Portland Shakespeare Project is very pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, has joined Portland Shakespeare Project as its Scholar in Residence. Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature and is currently writing a book about Shakespeare adaptations. A Portland native, he also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Yale Shakespeare Company. Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner will be leading a number of informative Audience Enrichment Programs for The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed this summer, which you can read about here.
NEW RESERVED SEATING POLICY
A number of our patrons have asked us for reserved seats for our plays and we have heard your requests. The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed will be performed next summer in The Alder Theatre at Artists Repertory Theatre. All seats will be reserved seats. Tickets are available through the Artists Repertory Theatre Box Office here or you may call the Box Office at 503.241.1278.
Charles and Darci Swindells
Leonard and Susan Magazine