Fringe Spotlight: The Taming of the Shrew (An Exploration of Gender Expression)

Taming of the Shrew - Queer Classics

Rehearsals are underway for Queer Classics’ production of Shakespeare’s controversial and often polarizing commedia dell’arte comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Conceived and directed by Casey Kringlen, this unique re-imagined exploration of gender expression in the comedic style of I Love Lucy comes to the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival for six performances only.

In the Queer Classics version of modern times, Kate and Petruchio might identify as trans, but the 1950s are a completely different world. In this new and sexy adaptation, the lead lovers explore their expression of gender in a time before there were labels to define it. The performance running time is 80 minutes.

The cast will feature Shaan Dasani, Ryan Leslie Fisher, Suzanne Fortin, Julie Rei Goldstein, Taylor Goss, Bobby Gutierrez, Zach Kanner, Jeffrey Masters, Gordon Meacham, Dawn Medina, Nathan Mohebbi, Schaeffer Nelson, Lauren Parkinson, Angel Payne, Gia Ryan, and Sebastian Vegara. Lighting design is by Dan Weingarten and the stage manager is Amber Bruegel.

Queer Classics is dedicated to sharing classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens — art for the LGBTQ community and its supporters. For more information, visit www.queerclassics.com. This event is presented as part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival which this year celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Cityhood with the theme ‘WeHo@30, Life@30.’ Events take place from Harvey Milk Day, May 22, to the end of June with a special full day of theatre in Plummer Park on June 27. For more info and to see a full roster of events, visit www.weho.org/pride.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
June 6 – 21, 2015
Actors Company (The Other Space)
916 N. Formosa Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036
Tickets: (323) 455-4585 or http://hff15.org/2349

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