PLAYWRIGHT ERIC L. MAGNUS
TALKS ABOUT "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?
A: My interest in William Shakespeare has increased over the years as I've worked in with junior and high school students. After the success of "Romeo and Juliet" and that adaptation's subsequent publication, I've wanted to continue to share these works with a wider audience. "The Taming of the Shrew" was inspired mostly by my experience in directing the students at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kansas.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I love the scene in which Petruchio and Kate first meet. It is a titanic battle of the sexes between two larger-than-life personalities. A wonderfully scene...pure Shakespearean genius.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: A solidly dramatic adaptation that struck a balance between story and characterization while keeping the core poetic essence of Shakespeare.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Thanks to the original cast and the director of theatre at Olathe South High School, David Tate Hastings for trusting me to helm this production.