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Cast members of
The Taming
of the Shrew


2014 Publicity Photos


Summer 2014
dates and locations


The Taming of
the Shrew:

- Synopsis
- Director's Note
- Dramaturgical Note

- Music of the Shrew on
- Listen to the Artistic Director's PODCAST on

- Unlock more SHREWISH info with


REVIEWS:

'Taming of the Shrew' gets hilarious, fast-paced production from SF Shakes
- Pat Craig, San Jose Mercury News


SF Shakes “Tames” Audience with Funny and Touching ‘Shrew'

- Kevin Scofield, The Shakespeare Project

A raw, funny and engaging production of "The Taming
of the Shrew
"
- Richard Connema,
For All Events

Carla Pantoja gives Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Shrew’ its spark
- Samson So, San Mateo Daily Journal


Shakespeare's uppity, wisecracking servants are genuinely funny.
-Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

Meet a Fabulously
Feisty Female

- Sue Steinberg,
The Independent

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FREE SHAKESPEARE
IN THE PARK 2013


"'Macbeth' remains riveting throughout.

As the conniving couple, Michael Ray Wisely and Emily Jordan deliver clear and carefully calibrated performances
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- Jean Schiffman,
SF Examiner


“A bloody triumph.

Wisely and Jordan bring their characters into clear, sharp and disturbing focus. "

-Pat Craig,
Mercury News


"Emily Jordan is chilling immediately on entrance. Michael Ray Wisely is compelling as her warlord husband."
- John Angell Grant,
Palo Alto Daily Post

"A gutsy visceral performance of the
title character (by) Michael Ray Wisely
...

Emily Jordan as Lady Macbeth was a powerhouse of ambitious passion."

- Sue Steinberg,
The Independent


"Jordan’s performance is really quite remarkable. She is
very well matched by Michael Ray Wisely’s powerful performance as the warlord MacBeth."

- David Hirzel, Wordwright


"Emily Jordan a
'truthful,' if creepy,
Lady Macbeth."

- Chad Jones,
SF Chronicle


 

Our first Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet since 1992 will celebrate Shakespeare’s remarkable genre-defying play, which soars to the heights of romantic comedy before plunging into heartbreak. SF Shakes Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals continues her historically-based, thoughtfully relevant approach to Shakespeare’s
plays with this beloved favorite, filled with some of Shakespeare’s most beautifully poetic language. While the doomed lovers will always be remembered for their romantic devotion, this tale of five young lives needlessly wasted could have come straight from today’s Twitter or Facebook feeds. A culture of violence, inherited from past generations, leads young people to harbor meaningless prejudices and commit
terrible acts.

Shakespeare’s young characters live secret lives unknown to their parents, and love, kill, and die without most of the older generation knowing why. How does a community recover from a culture of violence? Shakespeare leaves us with the possibility of hope and healing, a message much needed today.

Romeo and Juliet will play June-Septermber 2015 in Pleasantaon, Cupertinom Redwood City and San Francisco. Dates and time will be announced soon. Join our announcement list and stay updated!


Bring your family, friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy FREE professional theater in a beautiful park setting!

Thank you San Francisco; see you in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet!

San Francisco's Presidio - Main Post Parade Ground Lawn
(between Graham St & Keyes Ave)


The Taming of the Shrew 2014:
- August 30, Saturday at 2:00 pm
- August 31, Sunday at 2:00 pm
- September 1, Labor Day Monday at 2:00 pm
- September 6, Saturday at 2:00 pm
- September 7, Sunday at 2:00 pm
- September 13, Saturday at 2:00 pm
- September 14, Sunday at 2:00 pm

- Map and directions to the San Francisco shows in the Presidio
- Current Weather in San Francisco

San Francisco's McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
(40 John F Shelley Dr, 94134)


The Taming of the Shrew 2014:
- Sept 20, Saturday at 2:00 pm
- Sept 21, Sunday at 2:00 pm

- Map and directions to the San Francisco shows in McLaren Park
- Current Weather in San Francisco

Thank you Redwood City; see you in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet!

Redwood City, on the beautiful, park-like grounds of historic
Sequoia High School
(1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway)

The Taming of the Shrew 2014:
- August 9, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- August 10, Sunday at 4:00 pm
- August 16, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- August 17, Sunday at 4:00 pm
- August 23, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- August 24, Sunday at 4:00 pm

- Map and directions to the Redwood City shows
- Current Weather in Redwood City

Thank you Cupertino; see you in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet!

Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater
(Stevens Creek Blvd & Mary Ave, across from De Anza College)

The Taming of the Shrew 2014:
- July 19, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- July 20, Sunday at 7:30 pm
- July 25, Friday at 7:30 pm
- July 26, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- July 27, Sunday at 7:30 pm
- August 1, Friday at 7:30 pm
- August 2, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- August 3, Sunday at 7:30 pm


- Map and directions to the Cupertino shows
- Current weather in Cupertino

Thank you Pleasanton; see you in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet!

Pleasanton's Amador Valley Community Park
(Santa Rita Rd & Black Ave)

The Taming of the Shrew 2014:
June 28, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- June 29, Sunday at 7:30 pm
- July 5, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- July 6, Sunday at 7:30 pm
- July 12, Saturday at 7:30 pm
- July 13, Sunday at 7:30 pm

- Map and directions to the Pleasanton shows
- Current weather in Pleasanton


Free Shakespeare in the Park 2014 presented The Taming of the Shrew; click below for a
video clip.

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2013 presented Macbeth; click below for a video clip.


For our 2013 season, Kenneth Kelleher directed Macbeth. Regarded as one of the Bard’s major tragedies, this was the first time SF Shakes produced it for Free Shakespeare in the Park.
Scenes from Free Shakespeare in the Park's Macbeth
Scenes from Macbeth- Free Shakespeare in the Park 2013 (L to R: Michael Ray Wisely* as Macbeth, Emily Jordan as Lady Macbeth*, Rainier Pearl-Styles as one of the Wayward Sisters)
See more photos on our Facebook page! (*member Actors' Equity Association)

About Free Shakespeare in the Park

Free Shakespeare in the Park began in 1983, with its debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (List of our production history.) It is now one of the major free Shakespeare programs in the nation. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, Cupertino, and Redwood City from July through September, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for everyone to see high quality, professional theater free of charge.
If you've never joined us for one of our shows, we have some tips you might find helpful!

2014 Sponsors of Free Shakespeare in the Park:

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Cupertino logo
GFTA logo

The City of Pleasanton
www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/
pleasanton.html

The City of Cupertino
www.cupertino.org
San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
www.sfgfta.org

Redwood City logo
RWC events logo
Recology logo

The City of Redwood City
www.redwoodcity.org

Redwood City Events
redwoodcityevents.com



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