Feb. 15, 2008
Contact: Jessica Wong
MUW to host international theatre troupe, ‘The
Taming of the Shrew’
COLUMBUS, Miss. - William Shakespeare’s comedy “The
Taming of the
Shrew” will be performed by international theatre
troupe Actors From The London Stage March 6-8 in
Whitfield Hall, Rent Auditorium, on the campus of
Mississippi University for Women.
The performances and actors’ residency are sponsored
by the Ina E. Gordy Honors College with the honors
students assisting at the performances and with the
residency of the actors.
During the actors’ one week residence on campus,
they will be visiting classes, conducting various
workshops and discussions and taking part in the
honors seminar on “From the Page to the Stage,” held
by Peppy Biddy, chair of the Department of Music and
Theatre. One of the actors will also be living
alongside students in the Honors Residence Hall.
Their stay will provide students and faculty with
the unique opportunity to see how Shakespeare’s
texts become scripts, his words become actions and
his actions take on meaning.
“The Taming of the Shrew” is one of Shakespeare’s
most celebrated comedies and the classic example of
“the battle of the sexes.” The play tells the story
of five men battling one another to obtain love and
the conflict that stems from that love.
Nicola Alexis, Victor Gardener, Andy Greenhalgh,
Martin Parr and Louise
Yates, who portray the characters in the play, come
from various renowned acting companies, such as the
Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of
Britain, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and many
Though the performances are free to the public, a
ticket must be presented at the door for admittance.
Tickets can be obtained starting Monday, Feb. 25 by
The performance on Thursday, March 6 will begin at 6
p.m., and performances for Friday, March 7 and
Saturday, March 8 will begin at
7:30 p.m. Seating will begin 30 minutes before each
Actors From The London Stage is an educational
program that first began
in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the University of
California in 1975 under Dr. Homer Wander and
British actors Patrick Stewart, Bernard Lloyd, Lisa
Harrow and Tony Church. Since 2000, the program has
been managed under the University of Notre Dame and
tours twice annually to universities
and performing art centers across the United States.
The Ina E. Gordy Honors College at MUW supports the
intellectual development of highly motivated,
high-performing undergraduate students.
With nearly 100 participants, the Ina E. Gordy
Honors College offers
courses and field trips as well as an honors
residence hall, a study abroad program, and
opportunities for student research. Over two years
ago, the late Ina E. Gordy endowed the Honors