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Pepperdine Theatre Department to Present The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew - Pepperdine UniversityThe Seaver College Fine Arts Division will present The Taming of the Shrew at Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5, at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, April 6, at 2 PM. The actors and director will lead a talk back session after the Wednesday performance.

In this unbridled new spin on Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes, themes of cross-dressing, gender roles, love, power, relationships, and companionship will be explored and raucous heights will be reached when the shrew is truly put on the other foot. 

Scott Alan Smith will direct Andrew Borba's celebrated version that thrilled audiences at the famed Chautauqua Theatre Company. The student cast will feature Lauren Drake, Sara Eakman, Marcela Ferrarone, Dylan Forehand, Christine Galyean, Lauren Jennerjohn, Isabel Klein, Gabi Meacham, Brooke Moltrum, Julia Pankow, Chase Perry, George Preston, Evatt Salinger, Katy Semple, Eliahs Sumpter, and Indy Wilson.

“Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is set up to continue a debate—what exactly is the nature of our relationships with each other? To say that our current times have us engaged in a very frank discussion of gender roles would be an understatement, but this discussion is hardly new. Shakespeare dealt with these very issues in his day and sought to explore the question: what would you do if the shrew were on the other foot?” Smith said.

The Seaver College Fine Arts Division offers students excellent training in the disciplines of studio art, art history, music, and theatre arts. A group of renowned faculty, who are revered in their fields as practicing scholars, artists and teachers, prepare students for careers in the arts and continued graduate study. With approximately 300 students in the division, the unique programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to develop critical thinking, nurture creativity, and create the highest level of art and scholarship.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $15. For additional information about The Taming of the Shrew, visit the Center for the Arts website.