Thoroughbreds are the unruliest of horses. Powerful, rambunctious, and quick, breaking a racehorse is no mean task. As a Kentucky native and an honorary Kentucky Colonel, I am delighted to celebrate the twenty-sixth annual running of Shakespeare By The Sea with the Bard’s fast-paced, witty comedy The Taming of the Shrew, set in the timeless tradition of the Kentucky Derby. Growing up in what many consider an equine Mecca, horse culture was all around. After a conversation with the Shakespeare Festival’s producer, Kermit Christman, I started to see the themes of this play transposing very naturally into the context of Kentucky’s proudest Saturday in May. The breaking of horses, high stakes wagering, and the affluent seeking socially advantageous unions — Shakespeare very well might have been in a Bluegrass State of mind. Thank you to all who support innovative local theatre and those who have made Shakespeare By The Sea a twenty-six-year-old tradition in this community. Enjoy the show, y’all!
Trent Stephens, Director
Click here to download show program (PDF – 1.3MB).