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Shrewed! photo


a new play by Jody Gehrman
directed by Reid Edelman

Local writer and Mendocino College professor Jody Gehrman has transported Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to San Francisco in the roaring 20s.  Gehrman's delightful characters, quirky humor and fresh language promise a frothy and delicious comic cocktail!  A world premiere production.

October 18-27, 2013

October 18 & 19 at 8 PM
October 24 at 7:30 PM
October 25 & 26 at 8 PM
October 27 at 2 PM 

Tickets available at the Mendocino College Bookstore, The Mendocino Book Company and on-line at 

Ticket Pricing:
General admission: $20
Students, seniors & ASMC card-holders: $15
Special discount Thursday performance (October 24, 7:30 PM): All tickets $10

Special performances:

Theatre & Jazz in the Center:
Sunday October 20, 1 PM
a gala performance sponsored by the Mendocino College Foundation followed by wine, appetizers and music by Elena Cassanova and friends.
All tickets $60.  Call 467-1018 for ticket information.

School Matinee Performance:
Tuesday October 22, 10:30 AM

Mendocino College Center Theatre
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah

Call 468-3172 for tickets and information.

Shrewed! is recommended for ages 13 and older.  



Shrewed! photo

            The Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will present the world premiere of Shrewed! October 18-27 in the college’s Center Theatre. The play, a rollicking spin off of Shakespeare’s classic The Taming of the Shrew, is a fast-paced comic romp set in San Francisco in 1927, and will feature music and dances of the period, as well as a modern twist on Shakespeare’s original plot. The story involves two sisters, the attractive and pliable Bianca and the mean spirited and fierce Kate, the “shrew.” When their mother announces that nobody may marry Bianca until a match is found for Kate, a hilarious effort ensues to “tame Kate.”


Celebrated local playwright Jody Gehrman has created an original script for this premiere production. A professor of English at Mendocino College, Gehrman has published six popular novels, two of which have been optioned for film, most recently by Disney.  Her plays have been performed locally at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Theatre, Mendocino College, and nationally in New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco.  Shrewed! is told in Gehrman’s contemporary witty dialogue, while the plot mirrors Shakespeare’s original. The play is being directed by Mendocino College theatre professor Reid Edelman, and showcases a cast of 18 wonderful student performers as well as impressive scenery and costumes.


            The cast includes Maheanani Phillips in the central role of Kate.  While Phillips, a resident of Lake County, has performed in many local productions, this is her debut on the Center Theatre stage.  The role of Kate’s sister Bianca is played by theatre major Melany Katz.  Katz, an accomplished dancer as well as actor, most recently appeared in the college production of The Music Man.  Veteran local actor Jason Davis plays the role of Pete Yaccarino, a down-on-his-luck gambler who sets out to marry Kate.  The play features Amanda Baguley as the adventurous poet Lucy Woods and Maria A. Monti as the family matriarch Arista Minola. 


            Monique Marmon, a former recipient of the college’s prestigious John Bogner theatre and music award, plays the role of the socialite Millie Masters, while Liz Johnson plays the role of Chloe Simms.  Mathematics professor Jason Edington appears in the role of  famous playwright Lester Lovejoy.  The cast also includes many talented newcomers to the Mendocino College stage, including Gabriel Suddeth and Charlie Sawyer as comic suitors to Bianca, and DonMike Chilberg and Dustin Wooley as bumbling sidekicks to Pete Yaccarino.    Other members of the outstanding ensemble cast include Janet Denninger, Liana Edington, Bianca Gayton, Megan Jones, Kaitlyn Vandewarker, and Erinn Yepiz.


            The action unfolds in and around the elegant Minola family residence, as created by college set & lighting designer Larry L. Lang.  The elaborate period costumes have been created by resident costume designer and instructor Kathy Dingman Katz, with the help of her crew of enthusiastic and dedicated costuming students.  The play is being stage managed by Gary Hudson. 


                    Shrewed! opens on Thursday October 18, 2013.  Performances will run for two weekends only, through October 27.  Performances are Friday October 18 at 8 PM, Saturday October 19 at 8 PM, Thursday October 24 at 7:30 PM, Friday October 25 at 8 PM, Saturday October 26 at 8 PM and Sunday October 27 at 2 PM.  Tickets ($20 general; $15 students and seniors) are available at the Mendocino Book Company, at the Mendocino College Bookstore, and online at  The performance on Thursday October 24 is a special discount night, with all tickets costing only $10.   Audiences are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, though tickets may also be purchased at the door.  


                    There will also be a special event associated with this production, Theatre and Jazz in the Center, on Sunday October 20 at 1 PM.  This event will include a performance of Shrewed! as well as a very special Latin Jazz performance by acclaimed local pianist Elena Casanova and featuring special surprise musical guest artists.  This event will also include delectable appetizers prepared by the college culinary arts department and pouring of fine wines and beers.  Tickets for Theatre and Jazz in the Center are $60 each.  For more information call 467-1018.


                    Shrewed! is recommended for ages 13 and older.   For more detailed information, visit the college Theatre Department web site at  For additional information, call (707) 468-3172.