Travel with the Professor

The Taming of the Shrew

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

October 6, 2017

Before they had the vote, they had a voice. Renowned for her thoroughly original and theatrical approach to Shakespeare, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines now brings audiences a witty, thought-provoking debate on power, politics, and love. The year is 1919. Amidst suffrage marches, members of a Chicago women’s club convene to rehearse their upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew. Along the way, they both perform Shakespeare’s play and re-examine the characters’ status in society—as well as their own. Longtime Second City writer Ron West has penned additional dialogue to help set the scene in the uniquely personal setting of CST’s Courtyard Theater, as the women fight through adversity to present their own perspective on Katherine and Petruchio’s raucous courtship.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. inside the beautiful courtyard-style theater (inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theater).  We will arrive early, so you will have plenty of time to dine and enjoy the stores and attractions of Navy Pier before the show.  Navy Pier attractions include Pier Park, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze.

CLA&S Travel with the Professor Series provides the opportunity for an introduction to the play and the chance to ask questions of an expert after the performance in a small-group setting.  Following the play, there will be an opportunity to speak with the cast and crew to gain further insights about the play.

This year’s reduced ticket price is available due to generous previous-participant donations.  Please consider making an additional donation to help support future trips.

Register now, tickets are very limited!

For more information or to register, call 815-753-5200 or email