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California Shakespeare Theater concludes its 2011 season with Shakespeare’s most biting romantic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, playing at the Bruns Amphitheater. Shana Cooper, former Cal Shakes Associate Artistic Director whose production of Love’s Labor’s Lost is currently playing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directs.

In Shakespeare’s hard-edged comedy, no suitor can win lovely Bianca ’til her older sister, “Katherine the Curst,” is married off as well. Director Shana Cooper makes her Cal Shakes directing debut with a dynamically physical production that explores Shakespeare’s quintessential battle of the sexes through the lens of a commercially driven, high-fashion, pop-art society.

“I’m moved by the brave clarity Shakespeare brings to questions of love in Shrew,” says director Shana Cooper. “He captures the complications, costs, and – when we’re lucky — the sublime rewards of relationships between men and women. The explorations of love in Shrew feel intensely modern, for this is a world where you get to choose what role to have love play in your life. How much are you willing to compromise for that love? What do you gain through that compromise and how much of yourself might you lose?”