PHOTO CALL: Elizabeth Stanley, Paul Anthony Stewart, Mara Davi and Tyler Hanes Brush Up Their Shakespeare in Barrington's Kiss Me, Kate

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16 Jun 2014

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, presents the company's 20th anniversary season opener, Kiss Me, Kate, beginning June 11.

Directed by Joe Calarco, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, the production stars Elizabeth Stanley (Company) as Lili Vanessi/Kate, Paul Anthony Stewart (The People in the Picture, Fiddler on the Roof) as Fred Graham/Petruchio, Mara Davi (A Chorus Line) as Lois Lane/Bianca, Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line) as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Nyla Watson as Hattie, Matthew Bauman as Paul, Carlos Lopez as Gangster #1 and Michael Dean Morgan as Gangster #2.



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Elizabeth Stanley and Paul Anthony Stewart
Photo by Kevin Sprague



Rounding out the cast are Roger DeWitt, Fred Inkley, KC Fredericks, Calvin Cooper, Joel Robertson, Brittany Bohn, Jennifer Evans, Adrienne Howard, Jakob Karr, Amanda La Motte, Robin Lounsbury, Kyle Pressley and BSC's musical theatre apprentices Matthew Gregory, Gabriel Kadian, Jordana McMahon, Brian Sandstrom and Ross Yoder.

Performances continue through July 12 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA.



Kiss Me, Kate features music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack.

Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate, according to BSC, "recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring musical production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs, Kiss Me, Kate includes 'Another Op'nin', Another Show,' 'So in Love,' 'Always True to You in My Fashion,' 'Too Darn Hot' and 'Brush Up Your Shakespeare.'"

Other members of the creative team include music director Darren R. Cohen, production stage manager Renee Lutz, set designer James Krozner, costume designer Amy Clark, lighting designer Jason Lyons and sound designer Ed Chapman.

The Boyd-Quinson Mainstage is located at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield, MA. For more information, call (413) 236-8888 or visit BarringtonStageCo.org.