Jun 01 2010 / The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare

Adapted and directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! Jul. 21 – Aug. 14, 2011

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Media Cast & Crew Patron Reviews Season

“… quick-witted and engaging…. [Katrina Stevenson's] performance proved Jenkins’ point of equality between the sexes…. This production conveyed an everyman’s humor and a sound understanding of the playwright’s intent. – Tampa Tribune

“…amped up and irreverent without being disrespectful … every member of the nine-person cast (mostly Jobsite regulars) has truly great moments, and the physical comedy is spot-on throughout.” – St. Petersburg Times

“…the cast is dedicated and full-force … fun, raucous, and involved. …” – What Ya Gonna Do? – Theatre Edition

“A highly talented ensemble cast … a wonderful night of theatre. Even if you fell asleep while reading Romeo and Juliet in freshmen English, Jobsite has a way to entertain everyone who comes to see the show.” – OnStageTampa

Jobsite brings back the Bard in pure form with their modern-dress commedia dell’arte inspired, zippy cutting of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes comedy.

Shawn Paonessa and Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

Perhaps one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most-debated plays, The Taming of the Shrew centers on Katharina, a woman claimed to be of ill-temper who meets her match in Petruchio, who for the right price will take on any challenge – Kate being no exception. The play has been retooled over the years, most recently in popular culture with the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, the film 10 Things I Hate About You and an award-winning episode of Moonlighting.

Often critiqued as mysoginistic and as glorifying domestic abuse, Jobsite Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins has chosen to address all of this head-on and make every attempt to offer a feminist staging of the production that stresses mutuality and equality.

“I worked on this show for the entire spring in a class as part of my PhD program,” says Jenkins. “I’m bringing a lot of that theory into practice with the way I cut the script as well as the way I plan on staging and working it. I’m not straying from the text, but finding the spaces created by silences, ambiguity, the possibilities afforded by maintaining tensions and by in some cases carrying the comedy to a grotesque degree – all of which allow us places to make commentary without using a sledgehammer. I was inspired in this direction by writings by authors like Eve Sedgwick and Judith Butler.”

Jenkins hopes that audiences at the end of the play find a Kate “not conquered, but who has found a kindred spirit along the way as Petruchio learns a lesson from his harsh treatment of her.”

Beyond the theoretical foundation underpinning the production, Jenkins’ primary hope is of course that people leave the show highly entertained.

“This script has stood the test of time for a reason – it’s very, very funny. The stock characters, the broad physical comedy, the wordplay, it’s all such great stuff. We’re also doing the show in three-quarter staging, so the audience will more so than usual really be part of the action. Add to this the play-within-a-play aspect of the show, and people are really going to be surprised with the festival-like atmosphere in the Shimberg.”

Jobsite & Shakespeare

The Ensemble of Jobsite's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

This is Jobsite’s second full-length Shakespeare production, the first being their critically acclaimed 2002 production of Titus Andronicus. Jobsite is hardly a stranger though to the Bard.

One of the company’s all-time most successful productions is their oft-reprised crowd pleaser The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

Joe Popp, Shawn Paonessa and Neil Gobioff recently teamed up to reinvent Pericles as a mafioso-laden rock musical, prompting Jobsite’s first appearance Off Broadway at HERE Arts Center.

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The Ensemble of Jobsite's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

(L-R) Michael C. McGreevy, Shawn Paonessa and Tia Jemison in Jobsite's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Amy E. Gray and Katie Castonguay in Jobsite's The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Previews

The Taming of the Shrew – Creative Loafing

‘Spicy meatball’ stars in Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ – Tampa Tribune

On The Air

Check out cast members Amy Gray, Shawn Paonessa & Katrina Stevenson discuss the show on WMNF 88.5′s Art in Your Ear (Interview starts about 11 min. into the show.)

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director

Cast

  • Katie Castonguay – Bianca / Grumio
  • Jason Evans – Gremio / Pedant / Vincentio
  • Jon Gennari – Lucentio
  • Amy E. Gray – Biondello / Curtis / Widow
  • Tia Jemison – Tranio / Messenger
  • Michael C. McGreevy – Baptista
  • Spencer Meyers – Hortensio / Vincentio
  • Shawn Paonessa – Petruchio
  • Katrina Stevenson – Kate
  • Krystalle Voecks – Stage Manager

Crew

  • Summer Bohnenkamp-Jenkins – Costume Designer
  • Bridgette Dreher – Scenic Artist
  • Alexandra Gonzalez – Props Master and Run Crew
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
Summer Bohnenkamp-Jenkins

Summer Bohnenkamp-Jenkins

All New People, America abridged, American Buffalo, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Embedded, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hedwig, History of the Devil, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Reasons to be Pretty, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn

Katie Castonguay

Katie Castonguay

All New People, Chapel Perilous, Crimes of the Heart, Einstein's Dreams, Fahrenheit 451, Hay Fever, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Taming of the Shrew, What the Butler Saw

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Bridgette Dreher

Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Mindgame, Quills, Reasons to be Pretty, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps

Jason Evans

Jason Vaughan Evans

Acropolis, America abridged, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Books abridged, Chapel Perilous, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hipster McBigballs, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

Amy Gray

Amy E. Gray

Artistic Associates, Dream Play, Embedded, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, Hedwig, Pericles, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Short Comings 2009, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps

Tia Jemison

Tia Q. Jemison

Einstein's Dreams, Race, Reverse Reverse, Short Comings 2009, Taming of the Shrew

David Jenkins

David M. Jenkins

America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Beauty Queen, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, boom, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Eleemosynary, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Pillowman, Playing With Fire, Quills, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Michael McGreevy

Michael C. McGreevy

Artistic Associates, Boys Next Door, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Machinal, Maxwell, Much Ado About Nothing, Night of the Living Dead, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Playing With Fire, Ros and Guil, Taming of the Shrew, The Odd Couple, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw

Spencer Meyers

Spencer Meyers

Artistic Associates, Dog Sees God, Dream Play, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Ros and Guil, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps

Shawn Paonessa

Shawn Paonessa

Acropolis, All New People, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Bible abridged, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Cloud Nine, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Embedded, Girl's Guide, Grimm's Faery Tales, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Rabbit Hole, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, Taming of the Shrew, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Waiting on Sean Flynn, Woman in Mind

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Brian M. Smallheer

Acropolis, All New People, American Buffalo, Artistic Associates, Beauty Queen, boom, Boys Next Door, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Frankie and Johnny, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Maxwell, Mindgame, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Murder Ballads, Nature of Fear, Night of the Living Dead, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Pillowman, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Reasons to be Pretty, Ros and Guil, Serpent, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Guys, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, This is How it Goes, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Topdog Underdog, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

Acropolis, America abridged, Artistic Associates, Baby Makes Seven, Bible abridged, Blackbird, Bloody Poetry, Books abridged, Boston Marriage, Chapel Perilous, Closetland, Cloud Nine, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Delusion of Darkness, Dog Sees God, Dracula, Dream Play, Einstein's Dreams, Embedded, Fahrenheit 451, Girl's Guide, Gorey Stories, Gorey Stories 2012, Grimm's Faery Tales, Hay Fever, Hedwig, History of the Devil, Hound of the Baskervilles, Hurlyburly, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Macbeth, Machinal, March of the Kitefliers, March of the Kitefliers, Mineola Twins, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Phyro-Giants!, Playing With Fire, Quills, Rabbit Hole, Race, Ros and Guil, SDRnR, Shakespeare abridged, subUrbia, Taming of the Shrew, The 39 Steps, The Lonesome West, The Odd Couple, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Titus Andronicus, Waiting on Sean Flynn, We Won't Pay, What the Butler Saw, Woman in Mind

Krystalle Voecks

Krystalle Voecks

boom, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Mindgame, Taming of the Shrew

Patron Reviews

I really did enjoy the show last night. The selection of the cast was really great. Loved Tia J. and was blown away with so many of the cast. The selection of the daughters was so believable. – Jenny Lind

Via Twitter

Just tamed a shrew @jobsitetheater. Classics never go out of style – @gabef1ores

Via Facebook

Let me just say right now, it was a great time, and the cast was phenomenal. I’m always excited to see them perform, because I know that they’ll be giving me efforts that rival anything on Broadway. Last night? No exception. They took a good story and made it even better. Do yourself a favor: go see it. Seriously. – Don Waugh

Awesome preview last night – this is a performance to see! – Carolyn Day

Good work on Taming of the Shrew, directed by David Jenkins – Michael LeVan

I introduced two new people to Jobsite… always enjoy sharing my love of theater by bringing people with me, u make it totally worth it ♥ Great job bringing the Bard to 2011. – Mayra Calo

… I had such a good time at the show. Thank you so much for the performance. One of the best things I’ve seen in Tampa in a long time. Congrats on being awesome! – Matthew Ray

Jobsite’s The Taming of the Shrew [was] excellent. Great way to end an amazing season. Looking forward to the next one. – Kim Smallheer

This show is fantastic. If you thought you couldn’t *do* Shakespeare, please give this a try. It’s a very funny show made all the more enjoyable by the cast. And, no, I am not related to or friends with (yet!) any cast members – just a very satisfied season ticket holder!! :) – Linda Brandt

You people should go. It’s a great show with some really strong performances. It was a great take on what to do with the set, and the characters were great. This play is what black box theatre is really all about. – Dave Pritchard

Great show, folks. I truly enjoyed it. – Misha Dawaioser

Had a great time at Jobsite Theater’s Taming of the Shrew last night! Go see it! It’s BRILLIANT!!! It’s Jobsite at its best. – Bob Westphal

Totally awesome show tonight. – Marcie Woolery

Great job on the show!! Shakespeare sounded so familiar at times it was awesome!! – Rose J. Eshay

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