Brind School Celebrates Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with 2 Spring Productions

'Kiss Me, Kate' runs March 27 – 30; performances of 'The Winter’s Tale' set for April 18 – 26

January 14, 2014

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts will be celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with two productions this spring: "Kiss Me, Kate" and "The Winter's Tale."

"Kiss Me, Kate" is directed by Brind School Professor Charlie Gilbert and runs March 27 – 30 at the Merriam Theater. "The Winter's Tale" is directed by Acting head David Howey, with performances set for April 18 – 26 at the Caplan Studio Theater.

Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, "Kiss Me, Kate" opens the curtains on the antics of two divorced and intensely egocentric performers starring opposite each other in a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” As onstage bickering and offstage drama threatens to sabotage opening night, along come a couple of gangsters with a gambling debt to collect in Cole Porter’s tribute to the theater, in all its greasepaint and glory.

Tragic, romantic, hilarious and uplifting, "The Winter's Tale" is a genre-bending masterpiece and one of Shakespeare's most elegant and haunting plays. In a surprising Shakespearean twist, what begins as a tale of a king’s betrayal and jealousy becomes, through time, a story where broken hearts are restored and love is reborn.

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