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"Widely reputed throughout Padua to be a shrew, Katherine is foul-tempered and sharp-tongued at the start of the play. She constantly insults and degrades the men around her, and she is prone to wild displays of anger, during which she may physically attack whomever enrages her. Though most of the play’s characters simply believe Katherine to be inherently ill-tempered, it is certainly plausible to think that her unpleasant behavior stems from unhappiness. She may act like a shrew because she is miserable and desperate. There are many possible sources of Katherine’s unhappiness: she expresses jealousy about her father’s treatment of her sister, but her anxiety may also stem from feelings about her own undesirability, the fear that she may never win a husband, her loathing of the way men treat her, and so on. In short, Katherine feels out of place in her society. Due to her intelligence and independence, she is unwilling to play the role of the maiden daughter. She clearly abhors society’s expectations that she obey her father and show grace and courtesy toward her suitors. At the same time, however, Katherine must see that given the rigidity of her social situation, her only hope to find a secure and happy place in the world lies in finding a husband. These inherently conflicting impulses may lead to her misery and poor temper. A vicious circle ensues: the angrier she becomes, the less likely it seems she will be able to adapt to her prescribed social role; the more alienated she becomes socially, the more her anger grows." [ sparknotes.com ]

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The Plot: The wealthy Baptista has two marriageable daughters: Kate, and Bianca. Baptista decrees that Kate, the elder, must be married before Biance, the younger. Bianca has many suitors while Katherine, known as the "shrew", has none on the horizon. Then Petruchio comes to find a wealthy wife. He arranges a dowery with Baptista and woos Kate, despite her objections. Meanwhile, the wooers of Bianca disguise themselves as her tutors to win her love which Lucentio, through an even greater deception, wins. Late for the wedding, Petruchio carries her off before the wedding banquet. She is "tamed" while under his care. Upon their return to her father's house, the disguises are discovered and a triple wedding ensues.


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Katherine hardly hears a kind word from anyone in the play except Petruchio (see II.i.185-194).
When does she know that she is in love? She is falling in love the moment she hears his voice? Their first night -- Intermission. What the difference! How are they different in act two?

One body, but not one soul -- they travel to meet each other.

Katharina's dreams (screen), what is on her mind. They must have different style (screen). On stage -- two (Commedia + present). There are several directions I see (Klimt, again -- erotic colors, shapes and forms). Or -- How about some images from the old Greeks (better than Rodin)!


Every time I write or direct I fall in love with my characters -- yes, with all of them! With Kate and Pete ("Americanization" of their names for "Induction"). I feel the struggle within her heart with the desire to love him. I have to find the forms to express it in order for actors and designers to give it to the public.

Shrew04 Petruccio is writing Shakespeare' sonets to Kate (when he began?) -- did he wrote poetry before he met her? What does she writes in her diary?

Closeups on the screen (her eyes, his -- details; hands, lips and so on).

Tarot cards images (right table) -- where, when?

Screen -- subtext.

They talk too much (Shakespeare); to justify -- and to slow down.

The subplot (Bianca) -- to min.

What happened to her mother?

Pete's parents?

She dreams of a child?

Pete is a painter?

... (contrast with the pop-images)


“Gentlemen, importune me no farther,
For how I firmly am resolved you know:
That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter
Before I have a husband for the elder.
If either of you both love Katherine
Because I know you well and love you well,
Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.”
Batista tells Bianca’s suitors when he explains why they cannot court Bianca.
Act 1, Sc. 1, Lines 48-54


Two Kates...


Be carefull not to kill the comedy with romance!


Yes, she was virgin! A girl in woman's body. She was virgin long enough to become deep, sharp, smat -- and shrew.

Get P. portrait from Durer? Where is her portrait? Both, the period and the modern (actress).



Do we see her body in act I?

“I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.”

Petruchio stating his reason for coming to Padua, and his reason for not caring that Katherine is a shrew. It shows that his main intent is to get her money.
Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 76-77

“ ‘Katherine the Curst’
A title for a maid, of all titles the worst.”

Grumio says when the men were talking about Katherine’s reputation.
Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 130-131

“Why came I hither but to that intent?
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard Lions roar?
Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,
Rage like an angry boar, chafèd with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
And heaven’s arrtilery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in pitchèd battle heard
Loud ‘larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang?
And do you tell me of a woman’s tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear
As will a chesnut in a farmer’s fire?”
Petruchio explaining that he is not afraid of Katherine because of all he has seen and heard.

bm Kate's POV -- when do we see the story through her eyes? Two screens? His and her views of the world? His house (SR), her -- SL. The split screen in the middle? (set)

Her music -- what does Kate sing?

Her books (list).

Her dresses...

Makeup on stage, while she waiting for their first meeting.

They wash their hands on stage -- real water. motion

His, her dream? Dreams of man.

Trnasition to "Dream of a Child" -- when? images pages (http://www.wga.hu/index1.html)



She is different in each scene; goes through so many changes. He sees her body through the clothes in their first scene -- it drives her crazy!

Chasing each other on stage. And the chorus with them!

Voices and noises off stage -- street cries! Go through the house? Whores and sailers, soldiers, drunks -- Brechtian crowd.

Children laughter? (on "kiss me, Kate" -- ending -- did he understand that she is pregnant? )



[ last scene -- wedding, the masks! images are not linked yet. ]



Kiss me, Kate (Klimt).

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'Call you me daughter? Now I promise you
You have showed a tender fatherly regard
To wish me wed to one half lunatic,
A madcap ruffian and a swearing Jack,
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"Although most critics interpret the play as being that of a woman finally acting the way in which she is supposed to act, it is difficult to believe that a character as vibrant and strong-willed as Katherine is changed so easily. Following with the device of false realities that Shakespeare set in place so early in the play, it would seem more logical that Katherine would simply be acting the part of 'the obedient wife' in order to be accepted in the society in which she lives. Katherine can 'play a part' very well and can even enjoy doing it. This is shown on the road to Padua from Petruchio's house when Kate is forced to address Vincentio as a woman and says, "Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet" (Act IV, scene v, l. 37)."
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