The Taming of the Shrew

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William Shakespeare, Director: Otar Egadze
Comedy in 2 Acts

So you wonder what William Shakespeare’s one of the first plays is about.
About how to have fun if, tired of hunting, you stumble on a drunk tinker?
Or how to tame a wife if she is a shrew?
Or how to make your husband fall passionately in love with you?
Or maybe he wrote his first play to prove that a harmonious family is easily built if the spouses agree to baptise a blessed sun into a moon that shines so bright and an old man, faded and withered, into a fair lovely maid?

Find an answer yourself, as young actors of Iliauni Theatre perform a two-act version of the world’s most famous “Practical Guide to Easygoing Matrimonial Relationships” rhymed into iambic pentameters by equally young Will.

Translated to Georgian by Siko Pashalishvili
DirectorOtar Egadze
Set and Costume Designer:  Gocha Agashenashvili
Musical Arrangement: Elene Nizharadze
Choreography: Sophie Gvritishvili
Technical Directors: Pavle Inasaridze, Elene Gabisonia

British folk music, Italian folk songs and dance melodies, a madrigal “Drop, Drop Slow Tears” by Orlando Gibbons  and a chorale “If Ye Love me” by Thomas Thallis are used in the performance

T H E  C A S T:
Lord – David Davituliani
Christopher Sly, a tinker – Zviad Dzuliashvili
Chief of the Strolling Players – David Gigolashvili
Hostess of the Alehouse – Salome Mikadze
Servants attending on the Lord – George Mosiashvili, Giga Shurgaia
Player – Marekh Kvizhinadze

Baptista Minola, a rich citizen of Padua – Temur Kvaratskhelia
Katherina, a shrew, elder daughter to Baptista Minola – Mariam Kalatozishvili
Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, suitor to Katherina – David Davituliani
Bianca, younger daughter to Baptista Minola  – Annie Talakvadze
Lucentio, a gentleman of Pisa, suitor to Bianca – George Chumburidze
Gremio, a rich citizen of Padua, suitor to Bianca – Andrea Vachridze
Hortensio, a gentleman of Padua, suitor to Bianca – Kakha Gogidze, Giga Tsertsvadze
Grumio, Petruchio’s servant – Lasha Ambidze
Tranio, Lucentio’s servant – Levan Mamniashvili
Biondello, Lucentio’s servant – George Makharadze, George Mosiashvili
Vincetio, a rich citizen of Pisa, father to Lucentio – David Gigolashvili
Widow, in love with Hortensio – Marekh Kvizhinadze
Curtis, Petruchio’s servant – Salome Mikadze

The costumes for the performance were created by Tsitsino Tsitskhvaia
The Set was created at the Iliauni Theatre workshop
Special thanks to Sergo Macharashvili

Duration of the Performance – 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission
First Performance – 19 February 2015

The performance was created through the financial assistance of Tbilisi Center of Cultural Events