Dozens of Theaters to Present THE TAMING on Inauguration Night

Dozens of Theaters to Present THE TAMING on Inauguration Night

Pictured: Lauren Gunderson. Photo by Kristen Lara Getchell.

As this week protests, rallies and marches over the election of President Donald Trump continue, THE COMRADES and over 40 other theaters across the country have come together to present a free performance of Lauren Gunderson’s THE TAMING on inauguration night.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Gunderson’s play is set at a Miss America pageant where a beauty queen named Katherine has trapped a liberal activist and a Republican senator in a hotel room to help her rewrite the U.S. Constitution.

“In 2013 I wrote THE TAMING, an all-female political farce for Crowded Fire Theatre, to unpack the deep frustration of a divided and obstructionist patriarchy,” Gunderson wrote in a blog post on, “to laugh with the painful truth about extremism on both sides, to toy with our country’s history and wrestle with its foundational imperfections, and to make manifest a dream of reason and understanding prevailing in America. That feels more necessary now than three years ago.”

(l-r) Kate Leslie, Alison Plott, Angela Horn, and Courtney Dane Mize.


Directed by Kate Leslie, the Chicago production features Alison Plott (Patricia), Angela Horn (Bianca), and Courtney Dane Mize (Katherine).

The Comrades production of THE TAMING will run January 20th at 10 p.m. with a running time of 85 mins. Tickets can be reserved by visiting

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Abigail Trabue

Abigail has worked as an actor/director in Chicago for over ten years, and along with husband Jason Epperson founded Lotus Theatricals in 2015, and PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City in 2016 (where she serves as Managing Editor of both publications). When not talking shop, Abigail is raising three padawans with Jason, drinking lots of coffee, converting school buses into RV's, and eating all the foods at Disney World. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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