Kicking off the 2003 season, Hudson Shakespeare was asked by the Hackensack Recreation and Cultural Department to be part of their spring showcase which is presented in their newly renovated Cultural Arts Center. HSC decided to revive an old favorite to commence the season at the arts center and also have a split outdoor run with the same show. L. Robert Johnson returned to direct the play that he had used to begin the company several years prior. The approach to the show was still the same work at your comedy, but give real people in the process never caricatures. The following shots were taken at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center.
Pier A Park, Hoboken, NJ
Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, Hackensack, NJ
Stratford Main Library - Lovell Room, Stratford, CT
Charles J. Roby Baptista
Diana Kennedy Kate
Elizabeth Sugarman Bianca
Jon Ciccarelli Lucentio
Lydia Schmidt Tranio
Tiffany Esteb Biondello
Arol Jahns Hortensio
Richard Brundage Gremio
Timothy Foley Petruchio
Devin Moriarity Grumio
Alisa Clark Curtis/Haberdasher
Francine Tychuaco Widow/Tranio (us)
Vincentio Patrick Gleason
David Law Pedant
Jean Arlea Bianca (us)
A lord comes across a drunken and comatose Christopher Sly, and conceives the idea of bringing him back to his house and treating him as a nobleman when he awakes, to see what happens. The lord has his servants dress and act appropriately, and convinces Sly that he has come to his senses after a long illness. A passing troupe of players perform a play for him, during which Sly gives an occasional bored reaction.
The play begins with Lucentio arriving in Padua to study. As soon as he sees Bianca, the younger daughter of the rich merchant Baptista, he falls in love with her. Bianca is also being wooed by Gremio and Hortensio, but Baptista will not allow her to be married until a husband is found for his older daughter Katherina, ‘the shrew’, whose aggressive character has made this unlikely. Gremio and Hortensio decide to join forces to find a husband for Katherina. Lucentio changes identities with his servant Tranio, and gets a job as Bianca’s tutor in order to be close to her.
Petruchio of Verona is visiting Hortensio, and agrees to help his friend by marrying Katherina, especially when he learns the size of her dowry. At his first meeting with her, he takes no argument from her and insists on marrying her despite her angry protestations. Baptista willingly agrees, leaving Bianca’s suitors to argue their respective cases among themselves. Lucentio makes progress with Bianca in his guise as tutor.
Petruchio arrives late for his wedding, badly dressed, behaves badly during the service, and afterwards refuses to stay for the reception, despite Katherina’s wishes to the contrary. He takes her back to his country house, where he refuses to let her eat, sleep, or dress well until she conforms to his every whim.
Hortensio and Gremio see Bianca courting the tutor Lucentio and decide in disgust to court her no longer. Hortensio decides to marry a rich widow. Tranio persuades a passing schoolmaster to play the part of Lucentio’s father, Vincentio, and confirm to Baptista that Lucentio has a wealthy background. Lucentio elopes with Bianca and they are married. On their way back to Padua, Katherina and Petruchio meet the real Vincentio. They arrive at Lucentio’s house, but the schoolmaster and Tranio refuse to acknowledge him, calling him a villain. The real Vincentio is about to be taken off to prison when Lucentio arrives, revealing his marriage and the identity changes. The parents accept the situation.
At a combined wedding-reception for Petruchio, Lucentio, and Hortensio, the three husbands wager among themselves which of their wives, in another room, will be the most obedient and come at their bidding. Katherina, now a changed person, is the only one to do so. She remonstrates with the other women, lecturing them on the merits of wifely obedience.
Baptista (Charles J. Roby) apologises profusely to his daughter Kate (Diana Kennedy) for her latest outburst as Gremio (Richard Brundage) looks on. Gremio and others want to marry her sister Bianca but Kate must be married first.
The arrival of the boastful Perturchio (Tim Foley. left) puts a plan in motion for him to marry Kate and Hortensio (Arol Jahns) makes plans to woo Bianca.
Baptista (Charles J. Roby - center), Gremio (Richard Brundage, right) and Tranio (Lydia Schmidt) listen to Petruchio state that he and Kate will wed.
As the shotgun wedding of Kate and Petruchio approaches, suitors Lucentio (Jon Ciccarelli) and Hortensio (Arol Jahns) disguise themelves as tutors to get next to Bianca.
"Sympathetic" baby sister Bianca (Elizabeth Sugarman) comforts Kate (Diana Kennedy) as the wedding party await the late groom.
The Bianca wooing scene as rival suitors Hortensio (Arol Jahs, left), Jon Ciccarelli (Lucentio) battle for face time with and Bianca (Jean Arlea).
A mad marriage, wedding scene with Grumio (Devin Moriarity), Kate (Diana Hawthorne) and Petruchio (Timothy Foley).
After much hand wringing, Baptista (Charles J. Roby) decides to betroth Bianca to "Lucentio", unbeknownst to him is a disguised servant of Lucentio named Tranio (Lydia Schmidt)
After their shotgun wedding, Petruchio (Tim Foley) drags an exhausted Kate (Diana Kennedy) to his house and berates all of his household staff, giving Kate a taste of the type of treatment she gives to others.
Petruchio (Tim Foley) contineus his "killing her with kindness" campaign by denying food to Kate (Diana Kennedy) until she asks for it politely.
Also, Petruchio (Tim Foley) picks a humourous "fight" with a Haberdasher (Alisa Clarke) over a supposedly badly made dress. Here Hortensio (Arol Jahns) tries to intervene.
Grumio (Devin Moriarity) informs Hortensio (Arol Jahns) of the goings on and they both enjoy a showing at Pertuchio's "taming school"
In order to complete the betrothal the disguised Tranio hires a fake father to tell of all of the money that he has. Above Vincentio (Patrick Gleason), the real father of Lucentio arrives to a horrified fake Vincentio (David Law) and a clueless Biondello (Tiffany Esteb), Lucention's other servant.
All of the pretense comes of Lucentio's disguised wooing comes out inf ront of the real Vincentio (Patrick Gleason) and Baptista (Charles J. Roby) that Tranio (Lydia Schmidt), and Gremio (Richard Brundage). Lucention and Bianca are married to the consternations of their fathers.