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October 9, 2002

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE RETURNS VITERBO AUDIENCE TO RENAISSANCE

LA CROSSE, Wis.— One of Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedies will make its appearance on the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center main stage during a special performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Tuesday, Oct. 29, presented by the American Players Theatre.

Experience the role of respect, deception, romance, and caring in the battle of the sexes in this Renaissance-era production. With three men vying for her hand, young Bianca has no shortage of admirers. Yet Bianca’s father forbids her to marry until her shrewish sister, Katherina, is betrothed. Petruchio, a rough-hewn gentleman, is persuaded to woo Kate. He vows to "kill her with kindness" and win her in spite of her spitfire temperament.

Shakespeare is the heart and soul of the American Players Theatre repertoire. Located in Spring Green and nestled in a natural amphitheater, the American Players Theatre was founded in 1979. The acting company of 28 members, along with a staff that reaches 120 during the heart of the season, produces five plays each season. Having grown in popularity, it is now the second most popular outdoor classical theatre in the country.

 American Players Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew is sponsored by Marshall Field’s and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25/$19.

To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 796-3100

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