San Diego's Old Globe has announced full cast and creative team for William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
The comedy will kick off the Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The Taming of the Shrew will begin performances on June 5 and run through July 10, opening June 11.
“After a two-year absence, Shakespeare returns to the Globe’s outdoor Festival stage with a riotous and deeply inventive new production of The Taming of the Shrew,” says Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, it’s given a fresh, modern, and wildly energetic production by Shana Cooper, a renowned interpreter of the Bard’s works. She takes the play very seriously even as she mines new levels of romance and laughter in its complex views of gender, power, and love. San Diego audiences will enjoy this Shrew under the stars, and we could not be happier to welcome them again.”
Shana Cooper will direct a cast of 20, which will include Armando Durán as Baptista, Felicity Jones Latta as Tranio, Orville Mendoza as Grumio, Jesse J. Perez as Gremio, Cassia Thompson as Bianca, John Tufts as Hortensio/Biondello/Merchant, James Udom as Petrucio, and Deborah Ann Woll as Katherine.
The cast will also include students in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Henian Boone (Vincentio, Ensemble), Brett Cassidy (Peter, Ensemble), Jacqui Dupré (Tailor, Nicholas, Ensemble), Savannah Faye as (Philip, Ensemble), Komi M. Gbeblewou (Nathaniel, Ensemble), Camilla Leonard (Ensemble), Becca Lustgarten (Widow, Joseph, Ensemble), Jeffrey Rashad (Haberdasher, Ensemble), Bernadette Sefic (Curtis, Police Officer, Ensemble), Jude Tibeau (Lucentio), Nathan VanAtta (Sugarsop, Police Officer, Ensemble), and Maggie Walters (Ensemble).
The creative team will include scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge, sound design by Paul Peterson and Paul James Prendergast, original music by Paul James Prendergast, voice and text coaching by Ursula Meyer, movement consultanting by Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, casting by Alaine Alldaffer and Lisa Donadio, production stage management by Marie Jahelka, and assistant stage management by Kendra Stockton.
For more information and tickets, visit TheOldGlobe.org.