Since first directing our 1950’s BeBop Shrew back in 1997, I’ve come to love and appreciate even more deeply the strength, durability and brilliance of this great, commedia-inspired early comedy.
I’ve always been nuts for pirates. They embody the wild, free, adventurous spirit – not always with the highest morals, but ever battling the elements in search of buried treasures of all sorts. So why not make Petruchio a swashbuckler who has come to “wive it wealthily” on this isle: in search of cash and some extra fun on the side.
He finds his own buried treasure in the guise of Katharina, who gives him all the adventure he can handle, and turns out to be worth her weight in gold.
And how fortunate are we to have attracted and assembled such a dynamic core of fine actors who have worked wonders on the Forest Meadows stage over the past many seasons, winning us new audiences and accolades like two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations for “Best Ensemble” last summer.
We hope you enjoy seeing our “star” actors back onstage; many of them are playing multiple roles this summer, allowing us all to appreciate their depth and range. We’re also always eager to welcome first-timers to Marin Shakespeare, some of whom we expect to become our stars of tomorrow. Theatrically, working with colleagues like this is about as good as it gets.
Shakespeare has given us a great Treasure Map – this delightful script. Set Designer Mark Robinson has given us an actual Pirate Ship to play on. So let’s all sail away! She’s a yare rig and we hope you enjoy the adventurous journey.