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UP NEXT! A Staged Reading/Concert of

The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt


Adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
AND directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
Music and Lyrics by Old Flame (Emma Ayres and Sam Perry)

Saturday, April 21st at 7 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01375

This event features live music by Old Flame, followed by a reading of the adaptation featuring the following cast:

Librarian - Kate Hare
Katherina - Ellen Morbyrne
Bianca - Julissa Rodriguez
Curtis - Lisa Abend*
Widow - Emma Ayres

Petruchio - Dan Morbyrne
Lucentio - Julian Findlay
Hortensio - Michael Schurter
Tranio - Michael Greehan
Grumio - Emily Tanch
Baptista - Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.

*member, Actor's Equity Association

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina Minola, a fiercely independent young woman held in captivity by her father until a husband can be secured. Enter Petruchio, a man who has come to town to “wive it wealthily.” He is enticed by Katherina’s dowry and inspired by the challenge of taming a woman who is, by all accounts, a “shrew.”

This play has been a hotbed of controversy for its nearly 450 years of production history. There has arisen a collective desire to prove that Shakespeare must have written the play in jest, rather than as a moralistic tale intended to put women in their place. 

No matter the original intention, The *Annotated* Taming takes a look at the play in the context of the contemporary political and cultural landscape, most specifically as it relates to the treatment of women. It also brings to the script a brand-new character, the radical annotator The Librarian, as well as songs written by Western Massachusetts-based duo Old Flame.

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She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

We look forward to bringing you a remount of our fun, energetic, and much celebrated 2017 production of She Kills Monsters directed by Dan Morbyrne. Stay tuned!




a patchwork of Shakespeare's text as funneled and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
directed by Toby Vera Bercovici

Cast: Myka Plunkett, Linda Tardif, Jeannine Haas*, Lisa Abend*, Kate Hare, Ellen Morbyrne, Annelise Nielsen, Emily Tanch

Stage Management/Lighting Design: Ezekiel Baskin
Choreography: Annelise Nielsen
Costume Design: Julia Vincenza Whalen & Rich Vaden
Sound Design: Catherine McCurry
Staff Design: Michael Humphries
Dramaturgy: Josh Platt
Stage Combat: Dan Morbyrne
Original Music: Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

During the 100 Years’ War between England and France, just after the time of Joan of Arc, a young French princess is torn from her home and sent to a foreign land to become its queen. Surrounded by powerful men who resent her for her gender and origins, and coupled with a king both weak-willed and prone to madness, she forms an alliance with her new lover to take down critics and seize control of the kingdom. When battle lines are drawn, can she lead the country in war and protect the crown for herself, her king, and her heirs?

The Life and Death of Queen Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou, a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman who was both a historical figure and also one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. Her rise to leadership and subsequent downfall, portrayed through bitingly relevant and alarmingly prescient 400-year-old texts, hold a necessary mirror up to our modern society.

In a time when women's rights have been under attack by those in positions of supreme power, Real Live Theatre brings you this 'new' Shakespeare play which examines what really goes on when women rise to power inside patriarchal systems.

Real Live Theatre's The Life and Death of Queen Margaret features an all-female cast of eight. We are now booking tours in 2017 and in the 2017-2018 academic year. We are also available for residencies and concurrent workshops/class visits focused in speech, movement, devised ensemble, and Shakespeare's language.


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