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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (more)

Centennial Park Bandshell
August 27-September 13, 2009
Directed by Denice Hicks
Set Design by 615 Scenic
Costume Design by June Kingsbury
Light Design by Anne Willingham
Benjamin Reed


Chris Campbell  
Brad Brown  

The Taming of the Shrew (more)

Centennial Park Bandshell

August 13-23, 2009

Performed by

The Byron & Beth Smith Apprentice Company

Ricardo Beaird, David Corlew, Lee Daniel, Kylie Davis, Miranda Fisher, Diego Gomez, Denmark Grant, Paige Gober, Caitlin Kelly, John Ryan Knowles, Meredith Locke, Veronica Longo, Markus McClain, Lindsey Myrick, Haley Oldham, Mariah Parris, Alex Spieth, Joseph Stanley, Cody Woodside

Director's Note: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)Artistic Director Denice Hicks

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is a very silly play.  3 guys attempting to do all of Shakespeare’s plays in less than 2 hours?  That’s a really silly thing to do without air conditioning, but these are trying times.  The irony is amusing that in the year that our production budget was cut in half because of diminishing corporate support, we could only afford to do all of Shakespeare’s plays.   The majority of our budget usually goes into salaries, pensions and health funds.  This year we could only afford to hire these 3 guys.  Bless their hearts.  We’ve produced (and I’ve directed) this show twice before and whether you love or dislike Shakespeare, you can hardly resist enjoying this frolic.   The original script holds up fairly well, and as the playwrights encourage, we have updated it in places, localized and personalized it in others.  When it’s all said and done this is really a silly love song for Shakespeare.  We love the stories, the characters, the poetry of the Bard and lampooning is the dearest form of flattery, is it not?  If all goes well this year and individual donations make up for the corporate withdrawals, we’ll be back next year with just one or two of Shakespeare’s great works.  This year, we are proud to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for your entertainment pleasure.  Please put a fiver in the bucket for us, will you?

Denice Hicks

Director's Note: The Taming of the Shrew

"It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me.” -Ani DiFranco, 1970's American Singer/Songwriter

And then there is "Katherine the curst". (I, 2) Everyone in Padua has an idea of what she is, and what she should be, but who is she really? She is motherless when we meet her. Her father (Baptista) dotes on her younger sister (Bianca) but is profoundly troubled by Katherine. Then along comes Petruchio. People have an idea of what he is, and what he should be, but who is he really? He is fatherless when we meet him. He says he comes to "wive it wealthily in Padua" (I, 2) Yet, Petruchio has inherited his father's estate. He boasts as much when he arrives on the scene: "crowns in my purse I have and goods at home..."(I, 2) In truth, the fortune he has gained is the freedom to marry a wife of his own choosing. He chooses Kate. The result is liberation and true partnership for both. The women's liberation movement in America inspired us to explore this relationship and discover the equality of the union between Katherine and Petruchio. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said "It's not women's liberation, it is women's and men's liberation." With this in mind, both Katherine and Petruchio are victorious. The play ends comedically in celebration, not tragically in submission. As much as I love the late 1960's/early 1970's in America as a setting for this play, I cannot claim credit for its inception. That credit is due solely to our relentlessly imaginative Artistic Director, Denice Hicks. Two years ago she staged a hugely successful Laugh-In inspired production of The Taming of the Shrew at Harpeth Hall. That very open and innocent comedic style proved to be a great jumping off point for our production in the park this year. Many thanks to Denice for her guidance and inspiration. I am especially grateful to the 2009 Byron and Beth Smith Apprentice Company for their fearlessness, creativity, and dedication. It's one thing to follow your passion in this life, as I have. It's another to be able to share that passion with others. I am honored for the opportunity to have shared this process with such fine and talented young people.

Brenda Sparks


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