CORVALLIS, Ore. - One of William Shakespeare's most controversial comedies, "The Taming of the Shrew," will be performed in the Memorial Union quad on the Oregon State University campus starting Wednesday, Aug. 8.

OSU Theatre's annual Bard in the Quad performances are scheduled Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 15-19 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The plot focuses on a wealthy young man, Lucentio, who wants to marry the coquettish Bianca. She is forbidden to marry however, until her older sister Kate finds a suitor. Lucentio convinces his friend, the clever playboy Petruchio, to woo Kate, who is stubborn and witty and must be "tamed."

Some elements of the play have been interpreted as misogynistic by modern critics, yet the play has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, and musical theater; perhaps the most famous adaptation being Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me, Kate."

Director George Caldwell said he is embracing the pageantry and color of Renaissance England in his interpretation of what he called "Shakespeare's ultimate battle of the sexes."

The cast features Corvallis resident Erin Cunningham in the lead as Kate and OSU Theatre graduates Jamie Bilderback as Bianca, Rowan Russell as Petruchio and Alex Johnston as Lucentio. The rest of the cast includes OSU students Karla Badeau, Chris Peterman, Cassie Ruud, and Ellianne Smith; local community members Phil Allen, Craig Currier and Brenna McCulloch; and OSU faculty members Charlotte Headrick and Travis Roth.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available for online purchases now at or call 541-737-2784.

This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

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