• OPS Fest The Taming of the Shrew

    Author(s):
    Elizabeth E. Tavares (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    English literature, Early modern English drama, Shakespeare, Shakespeare performance
    Item Type:
    Review
    Tag(s):
    original practices
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/np13-rv18
    Abstract:
    For the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival (OPS Fest), the text of William Shakespeare's First Folio is a wellspring for improvisational comedy. The troupe employs an actor-oriented original practice, referred to as First Folio technique by practitioners, to render accessible Renaissance theater to Portland and the Pacific Northwest region. The troupe is nearly a decade into their mission of adding two Shakespeare plays into their repertoire each summer until they can rotate the entire canon. In a culturally "white" region that prides itself on progressivism, there are a few plays that pose unique challenges, either in terms of casting, namely Othello, or ethics, such as The Taming of the Shrew. OPS Fest's recent performance of Shrew at the Mission Theatre was a test-run of sorts, designed to consider whether it is an ethically stage-able play in 2017.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
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