The Taming
by Lauren Gunderson

Productions (83)
  • Comedy
  • 85 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-703-6

The Taming
by Lauren Gunderson

(2)
Productions (83)
  • Comedy
  • 85 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set.

Tweetering, pandashrews, and undying giddiness for James Madison -- what else could you expect to find at a Miss America pageant? In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Here's lookin' at you, America. Read More

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Standard Edition $9.99
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Tweetering, pandashrews, and undying giddiness for James Madison -- what else could you expect to find at a Miss America pageant? In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Here's lookin' at you, America.

More at: thetamingplay.tumblr.com

NOTE: This is the 3rd play in the Shakespeare Cycle, a series of contemporary comedies based on Shakespeare's plays. See Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Toil and Trouble for the other plays in this series.

  • Comedy
  • 85 - 90 minutes
  • 3 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Unit set.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-703-6

Published Reviews

Lauren Gunderson's clever play The Taming forces us with humor and provocation to take a hard look at the phenomenon of a democracy in action.

Julie McHale, gmtoday

"So many hysterical lines in the play that you'd hardly finish laughing at one before the next hit you."

KQED Arts

"Gunderson's Taming is a laugh riot with some timely food for thought."

Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

"The Taming has much to offer that is pointed, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny."

Chad Jones, Theater Dogs

"The most tremendously entertaining civics lesson you're likely to see."

Sam Hurwitt, The Idiolect

Production History

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Location
FEB 15, 2018 - MAR 15, 2018
PopUp Theatre
Fort Collins, CO United States
PopUp Theatre Fort Collins, CO United States
SEP 21, 2017 - OCT 22, 2017
Williamston Theatre
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre Williamston, MI United States
APR 01, 2017 - APR 01, 2017
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA United States
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA United States
MAR 30, 2017 - MAR 31, 2017
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA United States
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA United States
FEB 19, 2017 - FEB 19, 2017
N/A
Trenton, MI United States
N/A Trenton, MI United States
FEB 10, 2017 - FEB 26, 2017
Paradox Players
Austin, TX United States
Paradox Players Austin, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/a (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Billings, MT United States
N/a (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Billings, MT United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Bare Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Raleigh, NC United States
Bare Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Raleigh, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
New York, NY United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) New York, NY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Orlando, FL United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Orlando, FL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Main Street Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Houston, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Actor self produced reading (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Austin, TX United States
Actor self produced reading (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Austin, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project)
San Francisco, CA United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project) San Francisco, CA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
North Dakota State University (Inauguration Day Reading Project)
Fargo, ND United States
North Dakota State University (Inauguration Day Reading Project) Fargo, ND United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Studio of the Arts Florida (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Titusville, FL United States
Studio of the Arts Florida (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Titusville, FL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Atlanta, GA United States
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Atlanta, GA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Amelia Community Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Fernandina Beach, FL United States
Amelia Community Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Fernandina Beach, FL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Pussycat Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Salt Lake City, UT United States
Pussycat Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Salt Lake City, UT United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Detroit, MI United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Detroit, MI United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Elkins Park, PA United States
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Elkins Park, PA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Salt and Sage Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Portland, OR United States
Salt and Sage Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Portland, OR United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Silver Meteor Gallery, Inc. (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Tampa, FL United States
Silver Meteor Gallery, Inc. (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Tampa, FL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Queensbury Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Houston, TX United States
Queensbury Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Houston, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Flat Earth Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Watertown, MA United States
Flat Earth Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Watertown, MA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Missouri State University (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Springfield, MO United States
Missouri State University (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Springfield, MO United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Fairfield, CA United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Fairfield, CA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Greenville, NC United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Greenville, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Washington, DC United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Washington, DC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Emory University (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Atlanta, GA United States
Emory University (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Atlanta, GA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC United States
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Tenacity Theatre Collective
Seattle, WA United States
Tenacity Theatre Collective Seattle, WA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Pam McClure Theater Company
Louisburg, NC United States
Pam McClure Theater Company Louisburg, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Night Shift (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
New York, NY United States
The Night Shift (Inauguration Day Project Reading) New York, NY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
San Francisco, CA United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) San Francisco, CA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Grand Haven, MI United States
The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Grand Haven, MI United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Pinnacle Productions At Point Park University (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Pittsburgh, PA United States
Pinnacle Productions At Point Park University (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Pittsburgh, PA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Comrades (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Chicago, IL United States
The Comrades (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Chicago, IL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Dragon Productions Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Redwood City, CA United States
Dragon Productions Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Redwood City, CA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
NA (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Decatur, GA United States
NA (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Decatur, GA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
National Opera America Center (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Brooklyn, NY United States
National Opera America Center (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Brooklyn, NY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Tipping Point Theatre Co (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Columbus, OH United States
The Tipping Point Theatre Co (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Columbus, OH United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Cincinnati, OH United States
SHEatre: Cincinnati Women's Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Cincinnati, OH United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Boston Conservatory (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Boston, MA United States
The Boston Conservatory (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Boston, MA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Donna Scott Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Charlotte, NC United States
Donna Scott Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Charlotte, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Three Crows Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Chicago, IL United States
Three Crows Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Chicago, IL United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Warehouse Performing Arts Center (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Cornelius, NC United States
Warehouse Performing Arts Center (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Cornelius, NC United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Brescia University (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Owensboro, KY United States
Brescia University (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Owensboro, KY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
On The Rag (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
New York City, NY United States
On The Rag (Inauguration Day Project Reading) New York City, NY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Creighton University Fine And Performing Arts (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Omaha, NE United States
Creighton University Fine And Performing Arts (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Omaha, NE United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
ArkansasStaged (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Bentonville, AR United States
ArkansasStaged (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Bentonville, AR United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Resurrection Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Roseville, CA United States
Resurrection Theatre Company (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Roseville, CA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Owensboro, KY United States
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Owensboro, KY United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Vernal & Sere Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Atlanta, GA United States
Vernal & Sere Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Atlanta, GA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
With Interesting People (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Seattle, WA United States
With Interesting People (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Seattle, WA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Williamston Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Williamston, MI United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Shelterbelt Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Omaha, NE United States
Shelterbelt Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Omaha, NE United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Think PINK Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Evansville, IN United States
Think PINK Productions (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Evansville, IN United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/a (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Staunton, VA United States
N/a (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Staunton, VA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Carter-Riverside High School (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Fort Worth, TX United States
Carter-Riverside High School (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Fort Worth, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Hattiesburg, MS United States
N/A (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Hattiesburg, MS United States
JAN 19, 2017 - JAN 19, 2017
Aspie Works
Rochester, NY United States
Aspie Works Rochester, NY United States
JAN 18, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Private (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Astoria, NY United States
Private (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Astoria, NY United States
JAN 17, 2017 - JAN 17, 2017
Tenacity Theatre Collective (Inauguration Day Reading Project)
Seattle, WA United States
Tenacity Theatre Collective (Inauguration Day Reading Project) Seattle, WA United States
OCT 28, 2016 - NOV 13, 2016
Riverside Theatre
Iowa City, IA United States
Riverside Theatre Iowa City, IA United States
OCT 14, 2016 - OCT 23, 2016
The ArtsCenter
Carrboro, NC United States
The ArtsCenter Carrboro, NC United States
OCT 14, 2016 - OCT 30, 2016
Theatre Conspiracy
Fort Myers, FL United States
Theatre Conspiracy Fort Myers, FL United States
OCT 08, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
The Catamounts
Boulder, CO United States
The Catamounts Boulder, CO United States
SEP 30, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
DramaTech Theatre
Atlanta, GA United States
DramaTech Theatre Atlanta, GA United States
SEP 29, 2016 - OCT 23, 2016
Next Act Theatre
Milwaukee, WI United States
Next Act Theatre Milwaukee, WI United States
SEP 16, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
The Catamounts
Boulder, CO United States
The Catamounts Boulder, CO United States
SEP 09, 2016 - SEP 25, 2016
Theatre Unbound
St. Paul, MN United States
Theatre Unbound St. Paul, MN United States
AUG 19, 2016 - AUG 27, 2016
Duke University Theater Studies Department
Durham, NC United States
Duke University Theater Studies Department Durham, NC United States
AUG 18, 2016 - SEP 17, 2016
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
JUN 24, 2016 - JUL 17, 2016
Marin Shakespeare Company
San Rafael, CA United States
Marin Shakespeare Company San Rafael, CA United States
MAY 27, 2016 - JUL 31, 2016
Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA United States
Shakespeare & Company Lenox, MA United States
MAR 31, 2016 - APR 16, 2016
Donna Scott Productions
Charlotte, NC United States
Donna Scott Productions Charlotte, NC United States
NOV 05, 2015 - NOV 22, 2015
Class 6 Theatre
Mesa, AZ United States
Class 6 Theatre Mesa, AZ United States
OCT 02, 2015 - OCT 18, 2015
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
SEP 23, 2015 - SEP 27, 2015
The University Of Findlay
Findlay, OH United States
The University Of Findlay Findlay, OH United States
MAY 19, 2015 - MAY 19, 2015
Class 6 Theatre
Mesa, AZ United States
Class 6 Theatre Mesa, AZ United States
OCT 03, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
Crowded Fire Theater
San Francisco, CA United States
Crowded Fire Theater San Francisco, CA United States
OCT 02, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
ArtsWest
Seattle, WA United States
ArtsWest Seattle, WA United States
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Production Group
Location
FEB 15, 2018 - MAR 15, 2018
PopUp Theatre
Fort Collins, CO United States
PopUp Theatre Fort Collins, CO United States
SEP 21, 2017 - OCT 22, 2017
Williamston Theatre
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre Williamston, MI United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
FEB 15, 2018 - MAR 15, 2018
PopUp Theatre
Fort Collins, CO United States
PopUp Theatre Fort Collins, CO United States
SEP 21, 2017 - OCT 22, 2017
Williamston Theatre
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre Williamston, MI United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Main Street Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Houston, TX United States
Main Street Theater (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Houston, TX United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Atlanta, GA United States
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Atlanta, GA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Tenacity Theatre Collective
Seattle, WA United States
Tenacity Theatre Collective Seattle, WA United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
ArkansasStaged (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Bentonville, AR United States
ArkansasStaged (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Bentonville, AR United States
JAN 20, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Williamston Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Williamston, MI United States
JAN 18, 2017 - JAN 20, 2017
Private (Inauguration Day Project Reading)
Astoria, NY United States
Private (Inauguration Day Project Reading) Astoria, NY United States
JAN 17, 2017 - JAN 17, 2017
Tenacity Theatre Collective (Inauguration Day Reading Project)
Seattle, WA United States
Tenacity Theatre Collective (Inauguration Day Reading Project) Seattle, WA United States
OCT 28, 2016 - NOV 13, 2016
Riverside Theatre
Iowa City, IA United States
Riverside Theatre Iowa City, IA United States
OCT 14, 2016 - OCT 23, 2016
The ArtsCenter
Carrboro, NC United States
The ArtsCenter Carrboro, NC United States
OCT 08, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
The Catamounts
Boulder, CO United States
The Catamounts Boulder, CO United States
SEP 29, 2016 - OCT 23, 2016
Next Act Theatre
Milwaukee, WI United States
Next Act Theatre Milwaukee, WI United States
SEP 16, 2016 - OCT 08, 2016
The Catamounts
Boulder, CO United States
The Catamounts Boulder, CO United States
AUG 18, 2016 - SEP 17, 2016
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
JUN 24, 2016 - JUL 17, 2016
Marin Shakespeare Company
San Rafael, CA United States
Marin Shakespeare Company San Rafael, CA United States
MAY 27, 2016 - JUL 31, 2016
Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA United States
Shakespeare & Company Lenox, MA United States
OCT 02, 2015 - OCT 18, 2015
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
OCT 03, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
Crowded Fire Theater
San Francisco, CA United States
Crowded Fire Theater San Francisco, CA United States
OCT 02, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
ArtsWest
Seattle, WA United States
ArtsWest Seattle, WA United States

Awards (2)

Best of The Bay 2013 (Theater Dogs, San Francisco)

Top 10 Plays (The Stranger, Seattle)

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