Program, The Taming of the Shrew, June 9th 1919’

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Club Year1918-1919
Playwright Shakespeare, William;
Play The Taming of the Shrew;
People Involved Martin, Paul; Vivion, King; Thomas, George; Cook, John; Manning, Willie; McKnight, Alva; Emerson, Francis; Elmore, Jeff; Hanson, Ruth; Dickson, Bruce; Smither, Florine; Hay, Elizabeth;

Adren Club


Southern Methodist University


The Taming of the Shrew



Monday, June, 9th, 1919 8:30 p.m.

Dallas Hall



    A rich gentleman of Padua, Baptista, has two daughters, Katharina and Bianca. The father refuses to listen to the suitors of the younger daughter until Katharina is married. Katharina’s fiery temper has caused her to be known as the Shrew, and her loud-tongued scolding has frightened every suitor away. THe wooers of Bianca, Hortensio, Gremio and Lucentio, although rivals, yet agree to make every effort to procure a husband for Katharina. They are fortunate in finding a rich gentleman, Petruchio, who has come to Padua for the purpose of forming a suitable marriage. He knows he can tame Katharina, and determines to do so by an affection of violence. Katharina opposes, but, finding opposition vain, finally becomes the wife of Petruchio, who then drops the part of a tyrant.

    Lucentio secretly marries Bianca. Gremio, the eldest suitor, is reconciled, and Hortensio seeks consultation by marrying a young window.



Baptista, a rich gentleman of Padua – Paul Martin

Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, suitor to Katharina – King Vivion

Hortensio, suitor to Bianca – George Thomas

Lucentio, suitor to Bianca – John Cook

Gremio, suitor to Bianca – Willie Manning

Tranio, man-in-waiting to Lucentio – Alva McKnight

Biondello, servant to Lucentio – Francis Emerson

Grumio, Petruchio’s servant – Jeff Elmore

The Tailor – Jeff Elmore

Katharina, the Shrew – Ruth Hanson

Bianca – Bruce Dickson

The Widow – Florine Smither

Curtis, a housekeeper – Elizabeth Hay

Servants attending on Baptista and Petruchio.

Scene: Padua, and Petruchio’s country-house.



Scene I. A Public Place.

Scene II. Before Hortensio’s House.

Scene III. Before Baptista’s House.



Scene I. Before Baptista’s House.

Scene II. Petruchio’s Country-House.

Scene III. Same as above.

Scene IV. Before Baptista’s House.



Scene I. Room in Petruchio’s House.

Scene II. A Public Road.

Scene III. Lucentio’s House.


The Art Department

of the University Invites the Public to Visit

the Exhibit in the Art Room, on the

Third Floor of Dallas Hall,

Monday and Tuesday



The play, The Taming of the Shrew aries questions of sexual inequality as well as a critical examination of how men attempt to subordinate women. Not only does it present ideas of misogyny and power abuse but it is done with irony. The irony is a part of the play that can mislead its audience into believing and leading down a different path. This play presents the big idea of the “taming” of another human. Many people today try to do this to one another. A way of trying to ‘fix’, ‘protect’ or merely just corform them into what they invision.


De Watcher, Rachel. “Power and Gender in The Taming of the Shrew.” The British Library, The British Library, 15 Nov. 2015,