Taming of the Shrew
So how do you take a play about taming a woman into a compliant wife and make it relevant for the 21st century? Easy, you get writer Jess Sayer (Auckward Love, Shortland Street) to write the script!
And then throw in the mix an all female cast and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect Ugly look at one of the Bard's funniest plays. We look at the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio "tames" her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. And there's the competition between the suitors of Katherina's younger sister, Bianca, who is seen as the "ideal" woman.
But what is the ideal woman? Who better to tackle this question than women!
The question of whether the play is misogynistic or not has become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences, and readers.
The Ugly Shakespeare's all woman team takes on this challenge head on, unpacking the script and bringing our own hilarious, fast paced and Uglyfied version of this great play.
Jess Sayer is an actor and playwright living and working in Auckland. She has won the Playmarket b425 award three times, and been shortlisted for the Adam NZ award twice. She founded Junket Theatre company in 2012 and has since staged four of her own works - Elevator, Wings, Crunchy Silk and Fix to sell out seasons at The Basement in Auckland.
She has written award winning web series, Auckward Love, as well as being a scriptwriter for Shortland Street. Jess is a proud member of the NZ Actors Equity National Performers Committee and is an inaugural graduate actor of The Actors Program class of 2012.