Kate and Petruchio Ready for Taming of the Shrew at Boston's "Shakespeare on the Common"

News   Kate and Petruchio Ready for Taming of the Shrew at Boston's "Shakespeare on the Common"
Jennifer Dundas and Darren Pettie will star as the Bard's battling Kate and Petruchio in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's annual "Free Shakespeare on the Common" presentation of The Taming of the Shrew.
Jennifer Dundas
Jennifer Dundas Photo by Thos Robinson

CSC artistic director Steven Maler directs the William Shakespeare work on Boston Common slated to run July 22-Aug. 13. The Wang Center for the Performing Arts present the performances taking place on the Parade Grounds.

On par with the tradition Shakespeare comedy with deception, disguises and mistaken identity, The Taming of the Shrew follows the story of a wealthy merchant and his two daughters: one with many suitors who is forbidden to marry before her older (less sought) sister is wed. The work is the source material for several feature films and the musical, Kiss Me Kate. 

Newton, Massachusetts native Dundas has appeared on Broadway in Arcadia, The Little Foxes and Ah, Wilderness!. She played opposite Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie at the Kennedy Center. Last season, she performed in As You Like It at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Pettie makes his CSC debut with The Taming of the Shrew. The actor has appeared recently Off-Broadway in Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams. Other credits include Spatter Pattern, Hobson's Choice, Unwrap Your Candy and NYSF's Measure for Measure. He is regularly seen on the television hit "Crossing Jordan."

Joining Dundas and Pettie in the cast are Scott Barrow as Lucentio, Nat DeWolf as Tranio, Paul Farwell as Baptista, Angie Jepson as Bianca, Bill Young as Gremio, Remo Airaldi as Hortensio, Larry Coen as Biondello, Antonio Edwards Suarez as Grumio, Richard Snee as Pedant, James Bodge as Vincentio, Jeffrey Kitrosser as Tailor, Alan White as Haberdasher, Paul Melendy as Curtis, Shauna Miles as Widow, David Mitsch as Nathaniel, James Ryen as Philip, Diego Ribeira as Joseph, Ed Hoopman as Nicholas and Forrest Walter as Peter.  The ensemble also includes Haley Roth, Bekah Vega, Alex Simoes, Tim Eliot, Carly Assael, Stephanie Brait, and Michael Costello.   This production will mark CSC's 11th annual offering of "Free Shakespeare on the Common." Last year's staging of Hamlet starring Jeffrey Donovan drew more than 93,000 audience members.

Past CSC presentations have included Much Ado About Nothing starring Jonno Roberts, Macbeth starring Jay O. Sanders, Henry V starring Anthony Rapp, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. CSC's inaugural 1996 production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was staged at Copley Square.

For more information, call (617) 532-1212. Also visit www.commonwealthshakespeare.org.

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