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Play On Podcasts are epic audio adventures reimagining timeless tales, featuring original music composition and the voices of extraordinarily gifted artists. This is where Theatre meets Podcast, combining the modern-day audio phenomenon with the power of live performance.

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    • 4.7 • 84 Ratings

Play On Podcasts are epic audio adventures reimagining timeless tales, featuring original music composition and the voices of extraordinarily gifted artists. This is where Theatre meets Podcast, combining the modern-day audio phenomenon with the power of live performance.

    The Taming of the Shrew - Strength Is In Surrender

    The Taming of the Shrew - Strength Is In Surrender

    Biondello tells Bianca and Lucentio that he’s arranged for a priest to perform their marriage and sends them on their way as Gremio approaches. Petruchio, Kate and Vincentio arrive at Baptista’s house and are greeted by the Pedant who (much to the real Vincentio’s consternation) claims to be Lucentio’s father. Biondello returns from the hasty marriage to find both the real and fake Vincentio with Baptista and is forced to pretend the Pedant is his master. As Vincentio berates Biondello for pretending not to know him, Tranio returns and tries to continue the ruse, claiming the Pedant is his father. Chaos ensues until Lucentio returns with Bianca. With no way out, Lucentio confesses all to his father. Vincentio, overjoyed to see his son alive, forgives him. Baptista accepts the marriage. Gremio accepts he’s been beaten and joins the group for a free meal at Baptista’s. Kate and Petruchio revel in their newfound love. After dinner, Petruchio challenges all the newly married men to see whose wife respects her husband the most. In the end, it’s Kate who helps her husband win, ending the series with a speech about a woman’s responsibility to her husband.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS       as    KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE          as    PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS            as    BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE           as    BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON          as    LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER           as    TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE            as    GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER        as    HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                 as    GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY            as    BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS      as    WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember: “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 28 min
    The Taming of the Shrew - Be It Moon Or Sun Or What You Please

    The Taming of the Shrew - Be It Moon Or Sun Or What You Please

    Grumio taunts Katherine (as instructed by his master) until Petruchio and Hortensio arrive for dinner. Petruchio rushes Kate through her meal before welcoming a tailor and haberdasher who have made exquisite clothing for Katherine. Petruchio rejects all their offerings over Katherine’s objections, but she begins to catch on to his strategy, realizing that she must play along with everything Petruchio does and be “agreeable” in order to get what she wants. Meanwhile, Biondello has primed Baptista for a visit from Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) and the Pedant (disguised as Lucentio’s father, Vincentio). Baptista welcomes them and seals the deal for Lucentio to marry his daughter. On the road back to Baptista’s home, Kate and Petruchio keep up their game of opposites until they are met by an old man who is making his way to Padua. He introduces himself as Lucentio’s father (the real Vincentio). Petruchio embraces him as family, telling him that his son has just married the sister of his wife.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS       as    KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE          as    PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS            as    BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE           as    BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON          as    LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER           as    TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE            as    GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER        as    HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                 as    GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY            as    BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS      as    WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember: “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 27 min
    The Taming of the Shrew - He Is More Shrew Than She

    The Taming of the Shrew - He Is More Shrew Than She

    Grumio reaches Petruchio’s house ahead of the newlyweds and prepares the servants for their arrival. But nothing could brace them against Petruchio’s abuse. He rejects the meals they’ve made and treats them so poorly that Kate implores him to be more patient. Petruchio insists they go straight to bed, where he lectures her on the virtues of abstinence. Meanwhile, as Tranio keeps up his Lucentio impersonation, Hortensio drops his “Litio '' persona and laments Bianca’s affection for Cambio (the real Lucentio). Together, they renounce Bianca and Hortensio declares that he’ll seek the affections of a wealthy widow. Free of Hortensio, Tranio celebrates with Bianca and Lucentio until Biondello arrives with the news that he’s found a drunk Pedant who will be the perfect person to impersonate Luentio’s father, Vincenzio. Tranio and Lucentio work up a plan to fool the Pedant into believing he’s in danger in Padua because he’s from Mantua but that he’ll be safe if he pretends to be Lucentio’s father.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS       as    KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE          as    PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS            as    BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE           as    BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON          as    LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER           as    TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE            as    GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER        as    HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                 as    GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY            as    BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS      as    WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember: “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 23 min
    The Taming of the Shrew - The Mad-Brain'd Bridegroom

    The Taming of the Shrew - The Mad-Brain'd Bridegroom

    The guests assemble for the wedding but the groom is nowhere to be found. Katherina frets with her father until Biondello arrives with word that Petruchio is on his way. The groom arrives, disheveled and drunk, on a shabby horse, with his servant by his side. As the wedding finally gets underway, Tranio tells Lucentio they have to find someone to play the part of his father (Vincentio) in order to convince Baptista that Lucentio is as rich as Tranio promised in Episode Three. Gremio emerges from the church and describes Petruchio’s lewd behavior at the altar. Petruchio steps out with his bride and announces that they have to be on their way. Katherina pleads with her husband to stay for the celebration but Petruchio refuses. Incensed, she rails at him, at her father and at all the guests, to no avail. The crowd gets rowdy and clamors for the feast. Petruchio puts Kate on his horse and rides off. Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) steals a moment to woo Bianca and Baptista invites everyone to eat cake.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS              as        KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE                     as        PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS                        as        BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE                       as        BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON                    as        LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER                       as        TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE                        as        GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER                 as        HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                                  as        GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY                        as        BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS            as        WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember:  “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 20 min
    The Taming of the Shrew - Sweet As Spring-Time Flowers

    The Taming of the Shrew - Sweet As Spring-Time Flowers

    Kate and Petruchio meet at last! The fireworks are lit and the couple goes head to head until Baptista arrives to check on their progress. Petruchio announces (over Kate’s objections) that the two have agreed to marry that Sunday. Baptista celebrates the news and turns his attention to the marriage of his second daughter, Bianca. Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) compete to prove who has the most to offer in the way of riches. Tranio outbids Gremio and Baptista promises him his youngest daughter provided Tranio can prove his father has the resources he claims. Once alone, Tranio conspires to find someone who can pretend to be Lucentio’s wealthy father. Back in Baptista’s house, the real Lucentio “tutors” Bianca in Latin and secretly reveals his true identity. Bianca is receptive to Lucentio’s overtures but warns she needs to get to know him before she agrees to marry. Hortensio finishes tuning his lute and takes over from Lucentio to teach Bianca how to read music, whereupon he confesses his love to her. She is not nearly as receptive to this fop, who stews in anger and vows to defeat Lucentio.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS              as        KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE                     as        PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS                        as        BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE                       as        BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON                    as        LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER                       as        TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE                        as        GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER                 as        HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                                  as        GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY                        as        BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS            as        WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember:  “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 26 min
    The Taming of the Shrew - A Nightmare in a Gown

    The Taming of the Shrew - A Nightmare in a Gown

    A student (and eligible bachelor) named Lucentio arrives in Padua with his servant, Tranio, to study philosophy. As they take in the sights they come across the wealthy Baptista and his two daughters, Bianca and Katherina. Bianca is trailed by two suitors, Hortensio and Gremio, who are vying for her affection. Baptista tells them that neither of them will win Bianca’s hand until he marries off his older daughter, Katherina. Meantime, Baptista will keep Bianca at home, seen only by the tutors who he employs to advance her education. Hortensio and Gremio scheme to find a husband for the contrary Katherina. Lucentio, smitten by the beautiful Bianca, hatches a plan with Tranio to gain access to Bianca’s house by changing clothes with his servant and posing as a tutor while Tranio pretends to be Lucentio in order to build Lucentio’s social profile and entertain his father’s guests. When Lucentio’s other servant, Biondello, arrives, Lucentio tells him that he and Tranio switched clothes because he killed a man and has to escape the city. He tasks Biondello with waiting on Tranio and instructs him to refer to Tranio as Lucentio. Elsewhere, the self-assured Petruchio, along with his servant, Grumio, arrives from Verona at his friend Hortensio’s house. Hortensio greets him warmly and learns from Petruchio that he’s come to Padua to find a wife from a wealthy family. Hortensio tells him about Baptista’s daughter, Katherina, but warns him about her ferocious temper. Petruchio is intrigued and vows to make Katherina his wife. Hortensio offers to facilitate the introduction provided Petruchio helps him pass for a music teacher so he can get access to Bianca.

    The PLAY ON PODCAST SERIES, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, was written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and translated into modern English verse by AMY FREED. All episodes were directed by ART MANKE. Radio play by AMY FREED and LEANNA KEYES.
     
    The cast is as follows:
     
    SUSANNAH ROGERS              as        KATHERINA    
    ALLEN GILMORE                     as        PETRUCHIO    
    ANNIE ABRAMS                        as        BIANCA               
    MIKE McSHANE                       as        BAPTISTA
    TOM PATTERSON                    as        LUCENTIO
    KYLE T. HESTER                       as        TRANIO               
    DANNY SCHEIE                        as        GREMIO and CURTIS
    J. PAUL BOEHMER                 as        HORTENSIO and PEDANT      
    ROB NAGLE                                  as        GRUMIO and VINCENTIO
    KASEY MAHAFFY                        as        BIONDELLO and TAILOR
    TESSA AUBERJONOIS            as        WIDOW and HABERDASHER
     
    Casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE: KARYN CASL, CSA.

    Voice and Text Coach: JULIE FOH

    Original music composition, Mix and Sound Design by LINDSAY JONES. Sound engineering by SADAHARU YAGI. Mix Engineer and Dialogue Editor: LARRY WALSH. Podcast Mastering by GREG CORTEZ at New Monkey Studio. Coordinating Producer: TRANSCEND STREAMING (KYRA BOWIE and LEANNA KEYES). Executive Producer: MICHAEL GOODFRIEND.
     
    The Play On Podcast Series “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” is produced by NEXT CHAPTER PODCASTS and is made possible by the generous support of THE HITZ FOUNDATION. Visit NEXTCHAPTERPODCASTS.COM for more about the Play On Podcast Series. Visit PLAYONSHAKESPEARE.ORG for more about Play On Shakespeare.
     
    Subscribe to Play On Premium on Apollo Plus for ad-free episodes and join our Patreon for exclusive merchandise and early commercial-free releases. Go to playonpodcasts.com for our Bonus Content, where you’ll find interviews with the artists, producers and engineers who brought it all to life. And remember:  “A woman may be made a fool if she has not the spirit to resist”.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

aakshe ,

WOW, I wish this existed when I was in high school!!!

I actually had to study The Tempest in college and altho we had a really fun professor and it was a great time, we still had to read the whole book for class. I wish I had this then or back in high school, I think I would have appreciated Shakespeare way moreeee than I did!! I think this is entertaining BUT also a very useful study tool! Thank you for creating the showww!! <3

Andreea94 ,

Beautiful storytelling

This show is so well-made! The acting, the soundscape, the stories. I’m a big theater fan but don’t get the chance to go to plays as often as I wish. Play On is always there and really never disappoints!

mspassell ,

4675 stars!!!

Amazing sound, acting that will knock your socks off, Play On! is the best modern interpretation of Shakespeare I’ve come across. I cannot believe all I have to do is hit play on Play On! To have the theater brought to my ears! Should be taught in schools. With I had it when I was in high school.

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