Swine Palace’s Inaugural Summer Festival to Begin with “The Taming of the Shrew” June 26-July 1
BATON ROUGE – While the summer may signify a break for many, Swine Palace will return to the stage to offer its first ever Summer Festival of three productions, two of which pay homage to theatre legend William Shakespeare.
The festival’s first production will be a rendition of the Shakespearean staple, “The Taming of the Shrew.” Directed and adapted by Swine Palace Artistic Director George Judy, this production is billed as “a rockin’ 70-minute, family-friendly version of Shakespeare’s timeless battle of the sexes.” Modern adaptations of the story range from the TV series and film, “10 Things I Hate About You,” to the hit musical, “Kiss Me Kate.” Swine Palace’s production promises to be a high-energy, entertaining production with comedic elements, as the wildly spirited Kate and machismo-driven Petruchio scream, fight and woo their way into one another's heart.
Swine Palace resident ensemble member Jenny Ballard will play the iconic role of Kate and expressed her desire to take on the role after previously directing a production of the classic.
“I directed the play in 2006, and was so jealous of the actress playing Kate because I wanted to be up there, exploring all of the complexities that make up her character,” she said.
Productions of “The Taming of the Shrew” will run from June 26 through July 1, and will be held in the Studio Theatre, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening, with 2 p.m. matinee performances being held June 30-July 1. General admission tickets are $10, and can only be purchased at the door.