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For Immediate Release

Contact: Ronnie Bell Executive Director

Syracuse Shakespeare Festival (315) 476-1835 or 395-0691

SSF's The Taming of the Shrew Will Delight the Whole Family at FREE Shakespeare-In-The-Park at

Thornden Park's Amphitheater

Syracuse – Take a light-hearted, comedic romp through the ups and downs of love, class, money and wooing in 16th century Italy as the mores of society meet the affairs of the heart. Multiple characters disguised as other people try to win the heart of fair Bianca. Only she can't get married until her older sister, Kate the "Shrew," does.

Starring the enormous talents of Kate Fahey and Ben Sheedy as Kate and Petruchio (newlyweds in real life) you will revel in their witty, slapstick and ribald humor as the rest of their world reacts to their tempestuous relationship.  Considered the epitome of Shakespeare's brilliant comic observations on love Shrew has been reimagined as the musical,
Kiss Me Kate, and the movie, Ten Things I Hate About You.

We provide the only in-show Kids Area for children 1O & under during the show, pre- show/intermission live local music from Kofi or John Bromka, spaces and places to spread out your family's picnic fixings, a concession stand to grab some treats and, of course, great FREE Shakespeare-In-The-Park.  Special appearances by the Syracuse City Ballet and Open Hand Theater puppets.

Look for the hashtags: #justshrewit and #ssf in your favorite social media

Syracuse Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare-In-The-Park

WHERE: Thornden Park Amphitheater
, FREE parking, lawn chairs or blankets are recommended, Gannon's ice cream and Rebecca's Jewelry for sale

Fri/Sat Aug 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 5:30 pm; Sun Aug 14 & 21@ 2 pm


PREMIUM SEATING: Available with a boxed lunch; only $20; go to for ticket information


SU’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St.,

 Room 001, Syracuse, NY 13202, 315-476-1835


Variety is the Spice of Shakespeare
this 400th Year

Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Uncorks its
2016/17 Season

Coriolanus, by William Shakespeare, directed by Sara Caliva, June 17-26, 2016 Thornden Park Amphitheatre, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm.

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, directed by Ronnie Bell, August 12-21, Thornden Park Amphitheatre, Friday and Saturday, 5:30, Sunday, 2 pm


Freud's Last Sessiondirected by Judith Harris, Dec 2,3 & 4, CNYCF Ballroom, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm


Animal Crackers (the musical), music & lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby, book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind, directed by Dan StevensFeb 10-19, 2017, Empire Theater at NYS Fairgrounds, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
(Watch for an announcement by Sept. 30, 2016)


Sunset Limited, by Cormac McCarthy, directed by Tony Brown, April 1-9, 2017, SU’s Cantor Warehouse Theatre, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm


The Taming of the Shrew is FREE. 
Freud's Last Session, Animal Crackers and Sunset Limited
are ticketed shows with prices ranging from $8 to $20. 
Major credit cards accepted online and at the door in addition to cash.  FREE parking available at all venues.  Come early to get the best spots. 
Tickets are available online through and on our website,  Call 315-476-1835 for more info

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