Second Stage includes all Theatre Department-affiliated shows that are not a part of our 2013-14 Season, or are not being performed on the Tower Theater stage.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW tells a timeless battle-of-the-sexes story. Bianca, beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. Katherina’s quick temper and acerbic wit, however, frighten off all suitors. Two suitors to Bianca hire a newcomer named Petruchio to “tame” Katherina. Petruchio succeeds in dragging Katherina to the altar then away to his country home where the taming begins. Famed for its linguistic acrobatics, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW stands as one of Shakespeare’s sharpest and funniest scripts.
KINDERTRANSPORT - In November 1938, after nights of violence against Jews across Germany and Austria, the British government introduced a program called the Kindertransport (children’s transport), which gave Jewish children—and only children—safe passage to the UK. Spared the horrors of the death camps, the Jewish “Kinder” were uprooted, separated from their parents and transported to a different culture where they faced, not the unmitigated horror of the death camps, but a very human mixture of kindness, indifference, occasional exploitation, and the selflessness of ordinary people faced with needy children.
AS YOU LIKE IT is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The heroine, Rosalind, is one of his most inspiring characters and has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando the disinherited son of one of the duke's friends. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick , Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede. She travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Themes about life and love, including aging, the natural world, and death are included in the play. New friends are made and families are reunited.