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Read The Taming of the Shrew

Boisterous comedy? Chilling portrayal of domestic abuse and the Stockholm Syndrome? The Taming of the Shrew.

LOCATION & LOGISTICS: See above for map of spot in Volunteer Park - I'll try for the picnic tables across the road from the wading pool / restrooms at the NE end of the park (east of the conservatory, which is a Victorian glass greenhouse).  The tables tend to migrate, but there are usually some near a big silvery conifer, or the staked dahlia plantings, or east of there (nearer 15th Ave E).  You can call (206)[masked] if you can't find us. Bring lawn chairs if you like. Volunteer Park is right on the #10 busline from downtown.

If the weather seems likely to rain, I will look for an available library. (We can't hold library reservations as back-up any more, since they now require a week's notice for cancellations.) Any location change will be announced by the day before.

Bring a copy of the text if you have one, if not we usually have an extra and can share.  It's not necessary to read the play before hand (though it's great if you can). but some familiarity with the plot is helpful.  This is a medium short play.  With intros, dividing out the parts, reading, break, and optional discussion afterwards, expect this to take several hours.

For text, synopsis and "character circles", see



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  • Brian G.


    September 25, 2013

  • Laurie

    For those of you, who were unable or uninterested in joining us for this readthrough of The Taming of the Shrew, I must say that there was much discomfort among some as we gathered. Even in the brief discussion afterwards, there were several negative comments and a lot of criticism. With that in mind, I would like to share interpretation of the play by Meryl Streep and Raul Julia in archival footage from the New York Shakespeare Festival. Katerina and Petruchio actually love each other, enduring a rough day and night of adjustment .... These excerpts are from a film that is about 55 minutes in length. To my knowledge, the entire recording of this wonderful production has never been marketed.

    September 8, 2013

    • Paul K.

      I appreciated seeing this and found a clip on Youtube as my iPad didn't want to play it from the links you provided. In response to the idea of feeling troubled or uncomfortable with Shakespeare's portrayals in certain instances I find myself recalling the preface to the

      September 9, 2013

    • Paul K.

      Oops here's the rest...First Folio where we're urged to re-read the plays and if we don't like what we receive, we're urged to consider the danger that we may not understand him.

      September 9, 2013

  • Cheryl M.

    The full production of "Taming.." with Streep and Julia was aired on PBS some years ago. I wish there was a video for sale: I would own it!

    Yes, there is far more to this play than meets the first read. Even when taken in the context of its times, it reveals Shakespeare's deep appreciation for women and their vital contribution to society.

    September 9, 2013

  • Cheryl M.

    Oops, it's 1:02 p.m. and I'm still at home. Forgot!! So sorry and I look forward to joining you another time. Cheryl

    August 24, 2013

  • Laurie

    Romeo and Juliet, six actors, ninety minutes at Olympic Sculpture Park tonight (and tomorrow afternoon), August 23, at 7:00 p.m. Last night the audience really enjoyed it at the base of the orange sculpture entitled The Eagle. Tonight it may just be in the amphitheatre if there is no concert going on.

    August 23, 2013

  • Chris T.

    Curses; I realized I'll be out of town this weekend, but I enjoyed my first experience (Timon of Athens) with this group! Until next time!

    August 12, 2013

  • Roberta M.

    Maybe Taming of the intelligent, self-actualized, hot, fulfilled, independent, outspoken, yet well-rounded Female!

    August 11, 2013

  • Roberta M.


    August 11, 2013

  • Roberta M.

    Maybe to update it we should call it Taming of the Bitch?

    August 11, 2013

  • Caryl C

    Summer's just a busy time for me. I look forward to starting back up in the fall!

    August 8, 2013

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