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 see and 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 actress could wear the smashed instrument over her head.
Role: Prop Fabricator, ATD
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
SUNY Oneonta, February 2016
Directed by John McCaslin-Doyle
Lighting Design by Scott Segar
Prop Coordination by Aliana Manteria
Technical Direction by Scott Segar