Theatre Baton Rouge's Young Actors Program to present 'Taming of the Shrew' _lowres

Photo by BETH BORDELON -- Varland Owens as Katherina and Landon Simpson as Petruchio will engage in a battle of wills in Theatre Baton Rouge's Young Actors Program's 'The Taming of the Shrew.'

William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” gets set in the 1950s for a string of performances this weekend.

Theatre Baton Rouge’s Young Actors Program has adapted the Bard’s tale for its first performance of the fall season. The hour-long play surrounds many relationships between men and women.

Performances will take place in the company’s studio at 7155 Florida Blvd. on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play is rated G. Tickets are $19. For more information, call (225) 924-6496 or visit theatrebr.org.

The play has been adapted many times on stage and on the silver screen, most notably as the 1999 comedy “10 Things I Hate About You,” starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Directed by Jack Lampert, the Young Actors Program production’s cast includes Matt Miyagi playing Baptista Minola and Varland Owens as Katherina. “The Taming of the Shrew” is a play Owens has known since she was two years old.

“This is something Varland has always wanted to do, so there was no way she was going to let us do anything else,” Lampert said. “But this is different from the Shakespeare comedies we’ve done in the past. They’ve been light, and though ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is a comedy, it deals with some heavy subjects.”