Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew calls for a lute which may be presented as a gift by Tranio to Baptista in exchange for permission to woo Bianca. The disguised Hortensio is offered by Petruchio as a music instructor for Katherine, in exchange for the opportunity to see her. When Hortensio attempts to teach Katherine how to play the lute she promptly takes the instrument and smashes it over his head.
Katherine’s assault occurred offstage, allowing for the use of separate intact and broken lutes. This project called for the restoration of an existing lute from prop inventory and the construction of a replica, broken such that the actor could wear the smashed instrument over their head.
Prop Fabricator, ATD
Play by William Shakespeare
Directed by John McCaslin-Doyle
Lighting Design by Scott Segar
Prop Coordination by Aliana Manteria
Technical Direction by Scott Segar
SUNY Oneonta Theatre Department, February 2016
Fine Arts Center, Hamblin Theater