Friday, March 23, 2012

The Taming of the Shrew,
at its normal venue

In February, when I checked with Garfield Shakespeare Company founder and director Joe Cook about finding a dress rehearsal time when I could grab pictures of the troupe's spring 2012 performance of The Taming of the Shrew, he told me about two interesting twists to this year's show.

One twist would be that the company would open the show with two performances March 2-3 at a newly opened venue, the Sanctuary on Penn, a converted church at 701 N. Pennsylvania St., in downtown Indianapolis, before returning to its usual spring show venue, the Garfield Park Arts Center, for two more weekends of shows. The Sanctuary's owners, Scott and Berriebarbara Wheeler, had a daughter, Tempiellen Knutsen, who was a cast member in the play (she was playing younger daughter Bianca), and had welcomed the troupe to use the facility, which was still under renovation. Actually, Tempie had made her GSC debut last fall playing Ophelia in the company's production of "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark."

The other twist was that Knutsen, because of a conflict with a school activity the weekend of March 16-18, could not perform in that weekend of plays at the Arts Center. So a second "Bianca," Elysia Rohn, a college student but GSC veteran, would study and step into the role for that weekend's shows. Cook asked if I could grab shots of the show that would include both "Biancas."

In a post on March 5, you saw my pictures from the Knutsen/Bianca performance at the Sanctuary. Today's post is more pictures of Shrew, but this time at the much better-lighted Garfield Park Arts Center. The lighting alone motivated me to take more pictures I had planned when I dropped in on the Sunday matinee performance, which was the last.

That's Elysia in the lead photo at the top and seated, immediately below, in a scene with her Shrew sister Katharina, played by Susan Yeaw.

You can find a full gallery of shots from the Garfield Park Arts Center performance of The Taming of the Shrew at my online galleries at

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