Upcoming Events at First Folio Theatre
Aug 15, 2018 | 8:15 PM | Wednesday
First Folio Theatre
Community: Downtown Chicago
Chicago’s premier outdoor professional theatre, First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83), presents the world premiere of SHREW’D!, a new musical based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Set in a 1930’s Chicago jazz club, SHREW’D! follows the lives of two sisters – the tempestuous songwriter, Kate, who simply doesn’t have time for a man, and her sister, Bianca, an up-and-coming dance sensation. While trying to make their mark in their father’s nightclub, the sisters meet Petruchio and Lucentio, two mugs who fall for them like the proverbial ton of bricks. A blend of Shakespeare’s dialogue and original music and lyrics with a Chicago twist provides an unparalleled fusion of the original story and modern adaptation to set this story in the 21st century.
The cast of SHREW’D! is led by Sierra Schnack as Kate, Christopher W. Jones as Petruchio, Emma Rosenthal as Bianca and Tony Carter as Lucentio. The supporting cast includes Sasha Kostyrko as Tranio, George Keating as Baptista, Steven Strafford as Hortensio, Karmann Bajuyo as Gremio, Jazmín Corona as Saleswoman, Ray Andrecheck as Vincentio and Sam Shankman as Biondello. The ensemble includes Isabella Andrews, Brice Baron, Laura Brennan, Eric Deutz, Rebecca Keeshin, Ted Kitterman, Thomas Squires, and Rachel Wagner.
The artistic team includes Johanna McKenzie Miller as Director, with Scenic Design by Angela Weber Miller, Lighting Design by Michael McNamara, Original Music and Sound Design by Christopher Kriz, featuring lyrics by David Rice and Lydia Hiller, Choreography by Ericka Mac, Costume Design by Emily Arnold, Properties Design by Sophia Briones, and Music Direction by Kevin Reeks. Casie Morell is the Stage Manager and Sarah West and Lina Benich are Assistant Stage Managers.
Theatregoers can also enjoy custom-made boxed suppers from Standard Market during performances this summer.
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