The Taming of the Shrew – Free Shakespeare Performance Outside on The Baker Stage


Naples, FL— Encouraging patrons to bring their favorite lawn-chair, The Naples Players at the Sugden Community Theatre announced today that they will produce a free, abridged version of Shakespeare’s beloved classic The Taming of the Shrew on the outdoor Baker Stage February 17 to March 11, 2018 – the first production of its kind in The Naples Players 64 year history.

Comprised of an all-female cast, the production provides a unique and exciting twist on Shakespeare, which was traditionally performed with only male performers. Adding to the themes of disguises and facades, the production will integrate traditional masques from the Italian Commedia Dell’arte with modern slapstick humor.

Shakespeare is truly timeless, Alexander said, and combining elements from so many different genres and regions makes the play even more intricate, and even more relatable. The abridged script and diverse styles work in perfect harmony to make sure the performance stays accessible to every patron, adding an extra level of humor and fun.

Even more groundbreaking, each performance will be followed-up with an anti-violence and bullying-prevention workshop for children and families centered on themes presented in the performance they just saw. These actor-led workshops will use specific examples of violence, stereotyping, and bullying, that exist in Taming of the Shrew to help launch conversations about the characters’ intents, alternate choices, the impact of the characters’ choices, and how those choices might be reflected in the students’ lives.

The Naples Player’s Artistic Director Bryce Alexander said:

It’s amazing how relevant Shakespeare is to today’s audiences. Not only are we providing free, high-quality arts under the stars, but we are using this entertainment to go one-step further by engaging in critical conversation that will benefit our community. It may seem strange, but Shakespeare is a perfect way to approach difficult topics, especially with young people. The workshops encourage the students to think critically – comparing fictitious episodes in the performance to their own lives, and allowing them to reflect on these episodes in their own way without having to volunteer any information, without worry of being embarrassed, or even the worry of being lectured about the negative real-life experiences they may have had in the past.

Working off of a highly-renowned model created by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) and the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Science, the Naples Players is the first entity in the country to try and apply the model in a new state. The Naples Players will consult with CSF, local schools, counselors, and leaders to identify local trends and resources that will be addressed during the workshops.

Free and open to the public, performances will be held every weekend on Baker Stage. Don’t forget to bring your own chair! February 17 to March 11, 2018 – Saturdays 2:00pm; Sundays 6:00pm

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