Baltimore Shakespeare FestivalÂ's Shrew Opens in the Meadow

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Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (BSF) continues its 15th anniversary with Master Shakespeare's ribald comedic classic, The Taming of the Shrew. This is BSF's second show in its 2008 Summer Season, sponsored by COMCAST, in the Meadow at Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. Performances are July18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, August 1, 2, and 3. 

Shakespeare in love—and war! And what a war it is as Kate and Petruchio wage a battle of the sexes for all time. The Taming of the Shrew as Shakespeare meant the story to be told. Join Christopher Sly as he gets swept up in the action of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Joining Petruchio and Kate in this bawdy tale of love and conquest are Lucentio, a young man of Pisa, who with his servants Tranio and Biondello must overcome many obstacles to win the hand of Bianca, Baptista's beautiful daughter and Kate's demure younger sister. Standing in Lucentio's way is Baptista's unmarried eldest daughter, head strong Kate, and Bianca's other suitors, Hortensio and Gremio.  

The Taming of the Shrew director Joe Brady returns to the Meadow having directed Cyrano de Bergerac for BSF in 2002. Mr. Brady is an Artistic Associate with BSF.  

The Taming of the Shrew cast includes Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's former artistic director, James Kinstle*, as Petruchio; Everyman Company member, Dawn Ursula*, as the feisty Katharina. Familiar to BSF audiences will be Bruce Nelson* as Tranio, Tim Marrone* as Vincentio; Colby Codding* as Hortensio; Christine Demuth as Bianca; Reece Thornberry as Grumio and Alex Zavistovich as Baptista. Joining BSF for the first time are Michael Stebbins* as Pedant, Peter Boyer* as Gremio, Peter Kendall as Lucentio and Cherie Weinert as The Widow. 

The Taming of the Shrew opens Friday, July18 and runs through August 3.  All show times are 8:00PM, except Sunday, 7:00PM. General admission is $25, and senior/student admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at the door or pre-ordered with a credit card by calling 410.366.8596 or by visiting www.baltimoreshakespeare.org.  All tickets are $15.00 on Thursday Evenings.

As always, the grounds are open two hours prior to each performance. Picnics are welcome and parking is free! 

Come and enjoy two versions of The Taming of the Shrew on the same evening. BSF's Summer Camp performance of The Taming of the Shrew will take place in the Meadow on July 26th at 5:30 PM-just before the professional production. Enjoy the energetic 45 minute production created by the summer camp actors under the direction of Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's teaching artist, Courtney Weber.

*Denotes member Actors' Equity Association

Photos courtesy of Baltimore Shakespeare Festival.  All photos are of James Kinstle and Dawn Ursula, members of Actor's Equity Association.

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James was first bitten by the theatre bug at the tender young age of 11, when, at the last minute, he was called upon to replace a classmate who, 42nd STREET-like, broke his leg, in a play, of all things, about the skeletal system! It was a trip to New York with his high school drama teacher to see Angela Lansbury in MAME that sealed his fate. As an actor, favorite roles include Sheridan Whiteside in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, Potiphar in JOSEPH..., Col. Pickering in MY FAIR LADY, and Sancho Panza?s ass in MAN OF LA MANCHA. After spending a summer feeling very conflicted playing both an apostle AND a high priest in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, James' theatre career took a turn toward direction and design, including such varied productions as THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, LOST IN YONKERS, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER and GRAND HOTEL, SIDE SHOW, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD and SWEENEY TODD. James holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Towson University, with additional course work in journalism, dramaturgy, scenic design and stage direction. He is living proof that you can be a devout Sondheim fan AND love MAMMA MIA!


 
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