The Shakespeare Garden in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park will be the backdrop for The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's outrageously funny comedy, this Sunday, July 16, at 1:00 pm.

“This summer’s tour of Shakespeare’s classic romantic-comedy The Taming of the Shrew in our parks provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to experience the clever and compelling language of Shakespeare,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble’s abridged performance of this zesty, romantic comedy of male chauvinism and women’s rights in the 16th century is the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon.

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Petruchio, a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona, journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There, he encounters the fiery Katharina, a self-willed shrew who engages Petruchio in a humorous battle of wit and insult with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to “tame” her.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, this free performance is too fun to miss.  Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch, and grab a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this event!

Catch additional performances in Union County parks:

  • Sunday, July 23 at Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade (amphitheater) in Linden at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 4 at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside at 7 p.m.

The Next Stage Ensemble, the Shakespeare Theatre’s summer touring company of early career actors, is part of the Theatre’s Summer Professional Training Program that offers students working toward a career in the performing arts clear instruction, individual attention, and thoughtful and candid evaluation in a professional theater environment. The Next Stage Ensemble works with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s resident and guest directors to fully develop abridged productions of classic plays.

For more information or for a complete listing of summer events, visit ucnj.org.