White Pines Productions and Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company are joining forces to present a one-night only reading of Lauren Gunderson’s THE TAMING on Friday January 20, 2017 at 7 pm at the White Pines Place.
In THE TAMING, a hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause.
Playwright Lauren Gunderson says, “I believe that stories well told can accomplish a pretty magical feat: transporting us into the hearts and minds of others. Stories offer us the chance to flex the superpowers of empathy, understanding, connection across experience, and the amplification of often silenced voices. Stories also remind us of the power of joy, hope, and humor in the face of division and conflict. And stories can fire us up for the work of fighting the good fight. Theatre specifically requires us to show up and participate in the story and feel the particular power of congregation as well as catharsis.”
Ms. Gunderson is making the play available free-of-charge to groups around the country on January 20 “to make manifest a dream of reason and understanding prevailing in America,” asking only that producing organizations raise funds for a worthy cause.
Bridget Reilly Beauchamp, Artistic Director of Pulley & Buttonhole, says “Theatre has the power to hold up a light and a mirror—to help us see ourselves, and those we think of as ‘the other’ better. We live in a divided place at a divided time, and we need to start doing that hard work of understanding in order to survive and thrive. And any opportunity to work with our great friends at White Pines is always to be seized upon.”
Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director of White Pines Productions, says “White Pines is excited to partner (again!) with Pulley and Buttonhole on this important staged reading. We are always looking for ways to speak to our audiences more personally, and entertain them at the same time. The Taming does both. Add that we get to raise money for good causes and it's an awesome way to begin 2017!”
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center. To reserve a seat to this FREE event, click here!