Kate, Untamed

A full length play in spite of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."

White male feminism has its limits...
What begins as a two-person, modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew" ends as a rescue mission for the character of “Kate.” Along the way, Scott, the playwright’s proxy, struggles with his mission statement of “making...
A full length play in spite of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."

White male feminism has its limits...
What begins as a two-person, modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew" ends as a rescue mission for the character of “Kate.” Along the way, Scott, the playwright’s proxy, struggles with his mission statement of “making a play about the abuse of a woman funny in the era of #metoo,” while Molly, Kate’s vessel, struggles against the narrative until she’s forced to tear it apart.
  • Recommend
  • Download
  • Save to Reading List

Kate, Untamed

Recommended by

  • Daniel Olivas:
    15 Jun. 2020
    I had the opportunity to watch a virtual table reading of "Kate, Untamed" as part of the Playwrights' Arena's Summer Reading Series 2020 (I am one of the ten playwrights whose work was chosen for this series). Sean Abley's play is a genre-bending, rapid-fire, hilarious dissection of the Bard's problematic (i.e., sexist) "The Taming of the Shrew." Abley's mastery of language--both contemporary and Shakespearean--is sharp and revealing. The actors were brilliant as they played several different characters, changing voices and demeanor at breakneck speed. I can't wait to see a full production of the terrific play.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Goodman Theatre
    ,
    2019