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January 22, 2013

Aquila Theatre to present 'Taming of the Shrew' at UNA Feb. 7

FLORENCE — The internationally acclaimed Aquila Theatre travelling acting company is returning to the Norton Auditorium stage at the University of North Alabama Feb. 7, this time to perform the amusing Shakespearean favorite “Taming of the Shrew.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

UNA has been a destination in Aquila’s tour across the country for more than a decade, and university events coordinator Jayne Jackson said she has yet to see a performance lacking in intensity or creativity. Based in New York City, the company of classically trained artists lands in nearly 70 American towns and cities per year. Jackson said the company is famous for its performances of Shakespearean plays removed from their time periods.

“They are purists when it comes to keeping the Shakespearean language intact, but the way they play the show is a total mystery,” Jackson said. “They come up with some utterly brilliant ways to stage the pieces they perform.”

“Taming of the Shrew” is the hilarious account of a battle of the wills between fortune-hunting Petruchio and his rebellious new wife, Katharina. Extensively studied, performed and adapted, “Taming of the Shrew” has proved to be a work without an expiration date.

Funding to host Aquila Theatre is made possible in part by the Albert S. Johnston Endowment.

General admission tickets, which are $10 for the public and $5 for UNA students, can be purchased in advance at Pegasus Records and Tapes, the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Cold Water Books and the UNA bookstore. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket office beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the performance.

For more information about Aquila Theatre at UNA, contact Jayne Jackson at 256-765-4645 or jajackson@una.edu.

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