BEST BEWARE MY STING

A new feminist critique and sequel to Taming of the Shrew

Written by Donna Latham

 

WHEN & WHERE:

 

March 31, 2019

 

Shetler Studios, New York City

Presented by 5th Floor Theatre

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

 

Director – Jordan Westfall

 

Stage Manager – Michelle Israel

 

CAST: 

Kate – Kelsey Martin

 

Ophelia – Tai Leshaun

 

Petruchio – Jeremy Madia

 

Grumio/Baptista – Thomas Prast

OTHER FEATURED WORKS:

Paid Off, by Robert Argen

Residue, by Stacey Lane

Tornadoland, by Ivan Faute

With This Ring, by Joe Minchik

 

 

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OVERVIEW:

After 2015, I focused mostly on my acting, performing regionally and in NYC as often as humanly possible. It was during these adventures, that I discovered 5th Floor Theatre – a bona fide nonprofit, which seeks to elevate Non-Eq artists. 


Having performed in their Dogfight as well as their production of Spelling Bee, I was entrusted by their board to direct a new play for their event, Readings on 5th Floor. There were five new plays in total – each roughly twenty minutes – and I was endeavored with the solitary Shakespeare. With only one rehearsal, the process was more than daunting – but it offered me the chance to really analyze the Bard, approaching his material with an inexorable sense of scrutiny, as is called for by the playwright. Latham boldly challenges Shrew’s biggest problems, ie Why does Katherina bend the knee to Petruchio? What happens after? Is their relationship healthy? Best Beware My Sting answers these questions fully, from the perspective of a woman – and a Black woman, at that.

Jordan Russell Westfall © 2020

Website designed by Lauren Sageer

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