The Taming


by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Marti Gobel

April 15 – May 1
Preview Performance: Friday, April 15
Opening Night: Saturday, April 16

In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power play” inspired by Shakespeare’s Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All
she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. 

This madcap romp tackles modern American political extremism, feminism, James Madison, Shakespeare, and beauty queens. The three slightly insane women at its core just might  be political geniuses. Here’s lookin’ at you, America.

Adult Situations and Language


Katee Drysdale

Katee plays Patricia, who is a go-getter who is used to the game of politics—pragmatism over passion for her. Rigor and rule-following have gotten her where she is. Never mind the rotten boss—she’s gonna get her bill passed.

Sutheshna Mani

Sutheshna Mani

Sutheshna plays Bianca, who is passionate but undisciplined, this righteous idealist says it’s her way or the highway. But will breaking all the rules really save the Panda Shrews?

Kylie Young

Kylie Young

Kylie plays Katherine, whose non-partisan patriot’s beauty-pageant-talent-act is constitutional reform: taming inflammatory rhetoric and uniting Red State and Blue in order to form the most perfect Union of all.

Marti Gobel (Director)

Marti Gobel is a nationally recognized actor, director and teaching artist. Upon graduating from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Performance Theatre and Philosophy (with an emphasis in Religious Studies), Ms. Gobel began a rich career in both theatre and television and film. Her need to add to the tapestry of the mid-west professional theatre scene led to the founding of the now defunct UPROOTED theatre. As Producing Artistic Director (from 2009-2015) worked tirelessly to diversify the arts through her efforts. Ms. Gobel is a proud member of both Actors Equity Association and SAG- AFTRA.

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