PEP and Prison Performing Arts Present “The Taming of the Shrew(s)” at WERDCC

Eight PEP Students Among Stars of Inaugural PEP-PPA Co-Production

On Wednesday, June 29th and Thursday, June 30th, eight Washington University Prison Education Project students performed in the The Taming of the Shrew(s), the first-ever co-production between PEP and St. Louis-based Prison Performing Arts. An original adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the play, written by Katharine Cognard-Black and revised and edited by Elizabeth Charlebois, examines three strikingly different versions of the relationship between Petruchio and Katherine.

PEP students acting in the play are Sandra Dallas, Jasmine Ford, Deborah Huber, Patty Prewitt, Dylan Staudte, Tessa Van Vlerah, Amy Walker, and Natasha White. In addition to rehearsing and preparing for the play, six PEP students took a two-credit course, “Reading Shakespeare,” taught by Professor Charlebois. As part of this PEP course, students examined Shakespeare’s works, their original contexts, and the long history of adapting Shakespeare’s works.

For more on The Taming of the Shrew(s), and the work of Prison Performing Arts, visit their webpage.

All photo credits to Nan Rochberg.

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