SUMMIT, NJ - An open-air presentation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" on The Village Green July 12 will mark the return of Shakespeare on The Green to the Hilltop City. Presented by the Summit Free Public Library and performed by the Next Stage Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the free, abridged performance of the classic tale begins at 7 p.m., with audience members directed to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for seating.
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the time-honored romantic comedy of male chauvinism and women’s lib in the 16th century. Petruchio, a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona, journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There, he encounters the fiery Katherina, a self-willed 'shrew' who leads Petruchio on a merry chase before he successfully circumvents her attempts to avoid marriage. Their honeymoon becomes a humorous battle of wit and insult with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to 'tame' her.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's largest professional theatre company. and is dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The Next Stage Ensemble was created to foster the work of early career actors and to train them in ensemble-based performance techniques.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Manley-Winser Foundation. Alcohol is not permitted on the Village Green and, in the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 70 Maple Street.