Join CTG under the stars for a modern-twist on classic-romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Two FREE Shows of “The Taming of the Shrew” will take place on July 7th and July 8th at Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. Shows Continue Inside their theatre on July 14h – 22nd. Order tickets online at www.chicagostreet.org
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.
Our Central Park Plaza experience is even bigger and better this year with the help of the Valparaiso Creative Arts Council and the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation during the street festival event with exhibits, family activities and performances from theatre groups from all over Northwest Indiana.
The Shakespeare in the Park street festival will also feature a beer garden and food from some of Valparaiso’s best loved restaurants that will include Restaurante don Quijote, Fork & Cork, Martinis and Pikk’s Tavern as well as family favorites from Valpo Velvet and Valpo Viennas. More food venders are being added to the roster and the event promises a family friendly celebration of art, food and culture.
Tickets for the VIP reserved section of the park are just $15 per person. Beyond the roped off section all seats are free. Audience members are encouraged to bring camping chairs, blankets, and picnic items to enjoy this community arts experience under the stars.
Theatre Opening Party: Fri, July 14 at Don Quijote Restaurant