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Baldwin Players at ABAC Perform Shakespeare Oct. 31-Nov. 2

TIFTON—William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” will come to life from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  The Baldwin Players will perform the literary classic as their fall production according to an announcement by Dr. Brian Ray, director of the theatre troupe.

The production dates for “The Taming of the Shrew” are Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. each night in Howard Auditorium. Tickets are free to faculty, staff, and students with ABAC ID. The general public can purchase tickets at the door for $7.

Ray said “The Taming of the Shrew” is a comedy about the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, unyielding shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unenthusiastic candidate in the relationship, but Petruchio irritates her with a number of psychological torments, thus the “taming”, until she becomes a willing bride.  The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina’s more desirable sister, Bianca.

The play’s obvious misogynistic features have become the topic of major debate, especially among modern audiences and readers. It has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theatre; perhaps the most famous adaptations being Cole Porter’s musical “Kiss Me, Kate” and the film “10 Things I Hate About You”, which was loosely based on the play. The Baldwin Players’ production will be an original adaptation by Ray.

For more information on ABAC’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew”, interested persons can contact Ray at (229) 391-4969 or via e-mail at bray@abac.edu.
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