The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare | directed by Kari-Anne Innes

>July 7 - 8, 2017 at Dusk | Free or VIP RESERVED TICKETS

Park performances: Downtown Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza, Porter Health Amphitheater
Artisan Fair at 4:30pm in the Urschel Pavilion 

>July 14 - 22, 2017 | Now Closed
Ticketed performances at Chicago Street Theatre

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Join us under the stars for a modern-twist on classic-romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Set in the Minola Casino, Padua, everyone is placing their bets on whether Signora Baptista can find a match for her eldest daughter, prize fighter “Kate the Curst.” Until the shrew is wed, the two suitors gambling for the attentions of her younger daughter, Bianca (“Miss Padua”) will just have to wait. The odds change when a third suitor, Lucentio, arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger's affections in a tale that is filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit. 

The Story: Baptista, a wealthy merchant of Padua, has two daughters: Katherina and Bianca. Because of Katherina's shrewish disposition, her mother has declared that no one shall wed Bianca until such time as Katherina has been married. Lucentio of Pisa, one of many suitors to the younger and kinder Bianca, devises a scheme in which he and Tranio (his servant) will switch clothes, and thus disguised, Lucentio will offer his services as a tutor for Bianca in order to get closer to her. At his point, enter Petruchio of Verona, in Padua to visit his friend Hortensio (another suitor to Bianca). Attracted by Katherina's large dowry, Petruchio resolves to woo her.

To the surprise of everyone, Petruchio claims that he finds Katherina charming and pleasant. A marriage is arranged, and Petruchio immediately sets out to tame Kate. After many trying days and nights, an exhausted Katherina is indeed "tamed" into a skillful competitor, ready to enter the ring in a battle of the sexes.

By the end of the play, Lucentio has won Bianca's heart and Hortensio settles for a rich widow in Padua. During an evening feast for Bianca and Lucentio, Petruchio makes and wins a wager in which he proposes that he has the most obedient wife of all the men there, at which point Katherina refuses to pull any punches in explaining her newfound philosophy and unlikely match to Petruchio.

Theatre Opening Party: Fri, July 14 at Don Quijote Restaurant  


  • PATRICIA BIRD - Katherina
  • KATIE KIRK - Bianca
  • DONNA ROWLAND - Baptista Minola
  • HAL KILGORE - Petruchio
  • ANDY KUCK - Lucentio (Cambio)
  • DENNIS MURRAY - Hortensio (Litio)
  • DAN MATERN - Gremio
  • ELIJAH SABOURIN - Grumio, Petruchio’s servant
  • JUNE SAAVEDRA - Tranio, Lucentio’s servant
  • RILEY O'NEIL - Biondello, Lucentio’s second servant
  • ANGELA WEHNER - Vincentio/a, Lucentio’s father/mother
  • RACHAEL NEINAST - Merchant 
  • HILARY JORDAN - Widow, in love with Hortensio
  • RACHAEL NEINAST: Nathaniel/Haberdasher