Head backstage with Vancouver Island University's Theatre students as they prepare for their upcoming production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, and you'll get a healthy dose of debate over the play's controversial ending, along with a visual feast of set décor and costumes from another era.
"It's steampunk meets commedia dell'arte in our adaptation of Shakespeare's most outrageous comedy," said Leon Potter, Theatre professor and director for the 15 students involved in the play.
The play runs in VIU's Malaspina Theatre from Nov. 7 to 16 in evening and matinee shows.
The audience can expect an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew that marries the hot trend of a retro-futuristic steampunk design aesthetic with the comic elements and masked characters represented in 16th century commedia dell'arte.
"It's a visually stunning time period, and a really interesting genre to work in," said Potter, who thought it would be interesting to depict the play's controversial ending in the steampunked Victorian era known for its buttoned-up social mores and suffragette movement.
"It always struck me that the play wasn't about the submission of a woman and a 'taming of a shrew'," said Potter. "What we discovered in rehearsal is that Petruchio was actually shielding Kate from the society that she's surrounded in."
For tickets, call: 250-740-6100.
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